BOGO Weddings! Say Whaaaaat?! Girls with Pearls Photography

bogoblog
Who doesn’t love a good sale?! Gotta friend that is engaged too? Bring her along for the GWP experience!  Book one wedding at regular price and the friend can book at 50% off! You can split the savings and both save BIG!

What is a bogo?!

Book One Get One wedding (at equal or lesser value) at half off! Grab a fellow engaged friend and share the discount!  For example; collection 3 is $4650 and includes up to 8 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, digital files from wedding, a portrait session with $200 print credit and an 10×10 tier 1 wedding album.  If your friend books the same package, a 50% discount is given and you can split the savings! That would bring each total to $3487.50 before tax!

IDK, maybe I should wait a while. . .

I wouldn’t do that if I were you! We have NEVER run a public promo like this before! Deals like this really won’t last long.

But, I don’t have any engaged friends. Can I still get a discount?

Not a problem! You can still get a 15% discount . . . However just keep in mind that we call EVERYONE WE MEET a friend! So you do not have to finish each other’s sentences to qualify 🙂

OKAY! I am ready to book . . . now what?!

Just drop us a line when you are ready to move forward and we will take it from there! Info@girlswpearls.com Still have questions? Ask away!

We are so very excited to start off 2016 with a bang! If you want to meet me (Jamie), I will be at the Oklahoma Wedding Show, this Saturday 1/16 from 10-4. Stop by and say “HI!” We can go over your wedding in detail and even book on the spot.  Any wedding that books this weekend will receive a wedding album upgrade of choice AND a custom coffee table book of your engagement session*.

*if applicable

poster2

Advertisements

Ashton & Paul | 1.3.2015 | Nouveau Antique Art Bar | Houston, TX

Ashton and Paul married on the third of January, 2015 at the Nouveau Antique Art Bar in Houston, TX. We were introduced to Ashton via the sweet couple pictured below, Sarah and Gilbert.  These two were one of the first weddings we shot professionally (and God bless them for still speaking to us) and we’ve stayed in touch since.  They celebrated their anniversary yesterday!

Ready-692Ashton and Paul arrived early in the day at the Magnolia Hotel to begin getting ready.  The morning was filled with family, and makeup, and food, and kids running around….but no stress.  Everyone enjoyed the moments leading up to the BIG moment.

Ready-88Ready-31Ready-117The wedding was very 1920’s vintage glam and Ashton held on to that theme from the venue down to her shoes, dress and hair and makeup.

Ready-18Ready-21

The earrings were a sweet gift from the groom.  They went perfectly with her dress.

Ashton and Paul decided to do a “first look” being that we would only have about 10 minutes of daylight left following their ceremony.  When Jamie and I prepare for the “first look” we try to scout out the best location; somewhere that has good light but is still private with little distractions so the couple can really soak in the moment.  That location happened to be the grooms suite in this instance.

Ready-188Ready-209Ready-212Then it was time to begin portraits with the lovely couple.  We headed down to the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel and then outside to one of my favorite spots in Houston.

Ready-232Ready-246Ready-256Ready-275How much do you love these bridesmaid dresses?  And the hair?!

Ready-276Ready-289Ready-314If you have never been to the Nouveau Antique Art Bar you should totally check it out.  It is a really neat place with lots of local art and a really neat atmosphere.  The ceremony and reception were both inside of the bar. There is a small stage that is usually a lounge area during normal hours of operation and it worked out perfectly for the ceremony.

Ready-447Ready-499Ready-498You guys.  She popped her foot for the first kiss.  Adorable.

Immediately after the ceremony we rushed outside to shoot in the last ten minutes of light we had left.

Ready-523Ready-517Ready-539Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the dance floor Mr. & Mrs. Ready.

Ready-547

Ready-586

The band the couple hired was amazing! Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers came all the way from St. Louis. Do yourself a favor and check out this youtube video. Seriously, do it.

Ready-668Okay, so funny story.  The sister of our sweet couple pictured at the beginning of the post, is Rachel.  We have kept in touch with her as well.  She has two of the cutest kids ever…Noah and Ella….and guess what?!  Noah caught the garter and Ella caught the bouquet.

Ready-787Ready-792As the reception was drawing to a close, Ashton pulled me aside and asked me if we could go take a picture at a “special spot”.  She led me to a little couch on the stage where the ceremony was held and told me they had their first kiss on that very couch.  This was the moment that got me.  Tears.  It’s something different every wedding.  When I say I cry at every wedding we shoot, I’m not just saying that to tug at the heartstrings of a potential bride and groom.  I really DO cry at every wedding.  I can’t help it, I’m a romantic at heart.  Thanks a lot Jane Austin.

Ready-827The wedding really could not have been more perfect.  The whole day was surrounded by friends and family and everyone pitching in and working together to make it a really special day for this great couple.  It was exactly what a wedding should be.  A celebration of a new life that is beginning.

Ready-876Ashton and Paul, thank you for letting us capture your special day.  We really do consider it an honor being that you have an amazing photographer in the family….though he was a little busy walking you down the isle ;).  We wish you a million years filled with the joy you felt on your wedding day.

love.love.love.

The Girls

Baby Harlen and Richie| Home for the Holidays| Girls with Pearls Photography

Over the holidays my little family of three traveled to Texas to spend Christmas with my family. Of course we were all excited to see everyone but I was *mostly excited to see my new little nephew again!

I luff him!!

I luff him!!

My mother loves us all so very much but in our absence she also loves her dogs (a little bit more) so they also get many Christmas presents. . . One of which was a new TEMPERPEDIC dog bed for Toby’s aching joints.  I asked very nicely if I could borrow it and I’m pretty sure he didn’t care much.  Not wanting to make a huge production, I just set it by a window and threw an old curtain I found over it so it was less dog bed-ie.

Harley didn’t seem to mind, though he was slightly frightened at first 🙂

"Whaaaat is going on here?"

“Whaaaat is going on here?”

Richie wasn’t sure what to do at first either. I told him to just lay next to him and tell him a story or something but then Harley decided to relieve a little pressure. . . we all giggled.

"yeah, that was someone over there"

“yeah, that was someone over there”

Richie wanted to hold Harlen so I layed him on his chest. Harley was snuggling into position and Richie was trying to figure to what to do next . . . Then Harley tried to nurse on his shirt pocket!

"something doesn't taste right"

“something doesn’t taste right”

Then. THEN. Then they both relaxed and be still my heart!

"this feels nice :)"

“this feels nice :)”

I just love them both so much.

2015-01-26_0006

2015-01-26_0007

My little impromptu dog-bed session that lasted all of twenty minutes (not counting diaper changing time) will forever be so special to me . . . I guess my mother and sister can share in this too. I guess 😉

 

xoxo – Jamie

 

My little sister had a baby: GWP birth photography

Everybody knows that babies only work on their own schedules. Well my sweet little nephew, Harlen Michael Broussard, was no exception . . . he made his way into this world a little early but not before I was able to make the nine hour (8 @ 80) drive from Tulsa to Houston. Alicia (Ah-lee-see-ah or ah-lee-sha, my sister) called me around 3:30 PM on 11.07.2014 and after picking up Richie, fixing dinner/packing road trip food and grabbing my baby sister, Kristin, I got on the road around 7:30 PM. Silly me thought that it was a good idea to wake up early that morning and have coffee with my husband so I had already been up since before 6 AM. . . I am NOT a morning person.

When we arrived, Alicia’s contractions were still several minutes apart and getting stronger. She had been at it since she called me the afternoon before. . . She was also going au’natural! We had made a pact months prior to this time to not let her breakdown and get the drugs unless things took a turn for the worse. I thought that was a simple job but as the morning progressed it was getting harder and harder to watch her in pain.

The delivery room quickly turned into a family affair. We took turns fanning her, holding hands and adding support to her feet as the contractions grew stronger. Alicia’s husband, Chris never left her side.

a family affair

a family affair

Dad helped out too :)

Dad helped out too 🙂

"yes, i'm having a GREAT time" - Alicia

“yes, i’m having a GREAT time” – Alicia

I know your having a baby but first “Lemme take a selfie”

I know your having a baby but first "Lemme take a selfie"

She was very impressed.

2014-12-12_0008

Our Mom also never left her side.

2014-12-12_0001 2014-12-12_0003

Things were starting to get more intense so the Doctor came into check the progression . . . Dad had to wait behind the curtain 🙂

2014-12-12_0010

This is Julie, Chris’ mom . . . She gave his hand a break from the death grip for a couple minutes . . . but only a couple!

2014-12-12_0007

2014-12-12_0006The contractions were right on top of each other and really starting to take a toll on Alicia. Chris reassured her that she’s got this . . . she snapped back with a quick response but I will leave what was said up to your imagination 🙂

2014-12-12_0014

This was the point of no return. . . She was starting to beg for drugs and I had to uphold my end of the bargain and tell her no. It was HARD.  I didn’t want to see her in pain but I also didn’t want her to be disappointed in herself.  Her birth plan was already shot due to high blood pressure and an uncooperative pelvic bone. Chris was her rock and we were her warriors.

So sweet.

So sweet.

Even looking at the pictures now I can still hear us chanting in unison . . . “Push Push Pushhhhhhhh. You got this. You are so strong, I am so proud of you.”

2014-12-12_0012

2014-12-12_0015 2014-12-12_0016

She was so tired. She had been hard pushing for hours and little Harlen had barely moved an inch. The room started to fall quiet because we were out of words. We were all scared.  I know I was fighting back tears.  Kristin (our baby sister) had to leave the room. Then the doctor told her to give it all she’s got just one more time . . . We all held our breath.

"you've got this"

“you’ve got this”

I forgot to mention early on that we had no idea if Harlen was a boy or a girl! Alicia and Chris wanted to be surprised . . .No one had a clue! I love Chris’ first reactions . . . “it’s a boy! It’s a boy!” . . . Now pay close attention to my mothers first reaction on the right hand side of the larger image below. I still can’t look at it with out laughing 🙂

It's a boy!!

It’s a boy!!

We were all a hot mess by this point.  It was after 9 AM and crying seemed to be all I could do . . . Well that and attempt to focus my camera on Chris while he cut the cord. Which I failed at :-/ 2014-12-12_0024

"We did it"

“We did it”

2014-12-12_0019

What a great team they made 🙂

2014-12-12_0020 2014-12-12_0022

I LOVE this next shot(s). So much emotion. It makes me tear up. . . my little sister is a mom.

2014-12-12_0021 2014-12-12_0034

Yep! He is perfect 🙂

2014-12-12_0033

tiny feets

tiny feets

Proud Daddy

Proud Daddy

Proud Grandpa

Proud Grandpa

Proud Papa

Proud Papa

Proud Yaya

Proud Yaya

I love his perfectly round face here.

hello world.

hello world.

After getting a few hours sleep and taking a very hot shower we came back to the hospital to see our new little cherub again . . . and bring momma some chocolate 🙂

2014-12-12_0037 2014-12-12_0038

My Dad sometimes has little hairs that poke out above his ears after a long day, then we noticed little Harlen had the same problem . . . runs in the family I guess 🙂

2014-12-12_0025

The next few frames were snapped with in seconds of each other . . . Everyone knows babies are a little indecisive.

2014-12-12_0028

“stop! I don’t like that. Oh wait, maybe I . . . zzzzzz”

Check out these tiny feet!

2014-12-12_0027

2014-12-12_0029

There she is! What a warrior she is.  She grew a human inside her body and brought him into this world after almost 20 hours of hard, drug free labor. So proud of her.

2014-12-12_0026

I leave you with this last image because it just makes me laugh.  Newborns aren’t always the sweet quiet beings we imagine them to be . . . besides the on and off crying they make the funniest noises and if you have ever spent time with a newborn you can hear the grunt sounds Harlen is making in the image below 🙂

2014-12-12_0039

I am so glad I was able to make it in time to Houston and experience the birth of my sweet little nephew.  It was so hard to leave him the next day! Alicia sends me #bbgram s from time to time to keep me quiet.  But honestly I absolutely cannot wait until Christmas!! This year we get to celebrate in Texas with my family and I have so many kisses and hugs to shower him with.  I can’t wait for the family time, the good food and keeping traditions alive.

 

xoxo – Jamie

 

 

 

Carolyn & Carl | The Barn at Piano Bridge | Sengelmann Hall | Schulenburg, Texas

What happens when a wedding planner gets married?  Her wedding is beautiful right down to the last detail!

Carolyn and Carl married on October 4th, 2014 in Schulenburg, Texas.  The wedding was at The Barn at Piano Bridge and the reception was held at the historic Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg’s downtown square.  (P.S. Jamie got stuck in the elevator at the reception for two hours leaving me to photograph most of the reception by myself but that’s a story for another time….)

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.  It was sunny and cool, but not chilly.  Carolyn was beautiful in her Pronovias gown and boots by Old Gringo. Makeup was done by the ALWAYS fabulous Wendy Martin of Makeup by Wendy and the girls hair was done by Tree Vaello.

2014-10-28_0128

2014-10-28_0136

2014-10-28_0134

2014-10-28_0125

2014-10-28_0127

2014-10-28_0126

2014-10-28_01432014-10-28_0145

2014-10-28_0138

2014-10-28_01392014-10-28_01422014-10-28_0146

2014-10-28_01372014-10-28_01412014-10-28_01442014-10-28_0140

I love old buildings.  Sengelmann Hall was beautiful and old and charming and perfect for this wedding.

2014-10-28_0148Suzie’s cakes and Bakery did a fab job on this beautiful cake. The wedding and reception flowers were done by The Flower Box. I am in love with the lush roses that were used!

2014-10-28_01352014-10-28_0124

2014-10-28_01322014-10-28_01332014-10-28_01312014-10-28_0130Texas Unlimited Band provided the reception music and did an awesome job.  Seriously. They did everything from classic country to some hip hop numbers.

2014-10-28_01472014-10-28_0129To the new Mr. & Mrs. Bowen! We wish the two of you all the happiness one lifetime can hold.

love.love.love.

The Girls

 

 

 

Love Bomb: the movie #lovebomb

We are allowed the opportunity to be a part of big events in peoples lives many times a year as wedding photographers but it isn’t often that we are invited to be apart of a movement that changes peoples lives for the better. Recently, I (Jamie) shot the premier for Love Bomb the Movie in Tulsa, Ok. It was a full on red carpet event!

Love Bomb backdrop

Love Bomb backdrop

The event coordinator, Jenny Lind, meticulously planned for months with Dr. Luker and friends of Luker Chiropractic and things went off without a hitch! Here she is with her sweet husband and family 🙂

Jenny Lind and Fam

Jenny Lind and Fam

Tulsa had a great turn out! Here are a few of the #lovebombers

#lovebombers

#lovebombers

I asked Jenny’s husband to take a quick shot of us together 🙂

2014-08-16_0014

This next crazy bunch are my own personal local celebrities! This is the crew from Gallagher Wellness Center.  I LOVE them!

GWC!

GWC!

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with her boyfriend Austin and friend Alejandra traveled to The Sacred Valley, Peru on a mission to serve as many people as possible offering healing, hope, and connection through collaboration with a medical clinic . . . They dropped love bombs expecting absolutely nothing in return. I snapped a few stills during the movie:

2014-08-16_0004

Before the start of every day the #lovebomb team meditated and mentally prepared for the challenges ahead.

2014-08-16_0005

The theater was eerily silent during the screening. We were completely captivated.

2014-08-16_0006

After the screening, The bunch at Luker Chiropractic presented Jenny with a love bomb of her very own and a plaque thanking her for her hard work.  Representatives from Folds of Honor and Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center said a few words also.

2014-08-16_0011 2014-08-16_0010 2014-08-16_0009

2014-08-16_0008

At the end of the night Jenny invited everyone to participate in a #lovebomb portrait . . . it came out perfectly.

2014-08-16_0007

 

I will leave you with this beautiful quote from Dr. Rhea herself . . . “I find it a continual journey to keep choosing love”

Now go out there and love with out expectation!

But first . . . one last picture of this cute little guy 🙂

2014-08-16_0013

 

xoxo – Jamie

 

Love. Love. Love.

The Girls

Girls with Pearls Photography

www.girlswpearls.com

Mallory & Ryan’s Texas Hill Country Wedding |Escondido|Horseshoe Bay, TX

If you remember we shot Mallory’s sister Stephanie’s wedding some years back.  Here she is with her precious little family!

2014-07-29_0010Mallory and Ryan married at the beautiful Escondido in Horseshoe Bay, TX.  The wedding was very rustic-glam and the details were amazing.  Flowers were done by Blue Lotus out of Dallas, the cake was done by Sweet Treets Bakery & Cafe out of Austin, and wedding planning by RSVP-Ridiculously Swanky, Really Pretty Events (Britney did a fabulous job!). BOBALU Cigar Company out of Austin was there making cigars at the reception for guests and William Larotta from Bella Videography filmed the day.

The food was a southerner’s dream! I started my diet the day before and they had maple candy covered bacon. MAPLE CANDY COVERED BACON Y’ALL!!! What was I supposed to do?! I only had two pieces….

I usually don’t like to include this many images in a blog post…but what was I to do with a wedding this beautiful….

waters1waters2waters3waters4waters5waters6.5waters6waters8waters9waters7waters10waters12waters11waters13waters14waters15waters16waters17.5waters18waters17waters19waters20waters21waters22waters23waters24waters25waters26waters27waters28_0005waters29waters30Mallory & Ryan,

Thank you for letting us be a part of such an awesome day.  We wish you love, love, love to last a lifetime!

love.love.love.

The Girls