NYE Wedding at the House of Blues

The infamous Ella Fitzgerald once asked, “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?” 

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Well, this past NYE, you could find me both photographing and partying with my new besties, Tarah and Carolyn. Their first inquiry email to me read, “Will you party with us on NYE at the House of Blues?” and before even meeting with them in person, I responded, “Oh hell yeah!” in my head. They brought in the new year with a bang when they said, I do. And I’m not going to lie, it was one of the best NYE I’ve celebrated!

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Everything about this wedding was legendary, from The House of Blues venue to the open mic dinner speeches and the handmade concert ticket-style place cards. Tarah and Carolyn thought of everything they loved most, conjuring up the most epic wedding day to close the year. 

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Their first look was one of the sweetest ones up to date. I think I may have cried tears of joy not once, not twice but multiple times that day! If I’m being honest, I don’t remember seeing ANYONE who wasn’t during their ceremony. We all ugly cried! Hah! 🙂

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Like with all my clients, l love getting to know about my couples. Not just how they met or how they proposed, but all the nitty-gritty details of how their love came to be! The same went for Tarah and Carolyn, and they simply did not disappoint. Think yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly, and all the other perfectly paired things in the world. These two fell hard and fast from friends to lovers in just a short time. 

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One of the best parts? While they certainly only have eyes for each other, Tarah and Carolyn hold their family and friends so close to their hearts. This beautiful couple was literally surrounded by their favorite loved ones as they promised their lifelong love to one another. They wanted their celebration to be centered around their family and friends, and everything was designed around this. Nothing about this wedding was traditional, and I LOVED it!

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Emotions were high, and the love was fierce. No wedding day ever goes perfectly, but this one was special in that so much thought went into the littlest details. The venue itself was just perfect. The colors, the flowers, and the lighting created a vibe that was so romantic and very much a fusion of a wedding and new year’s eve party. There wasn’t a thing that wasn’t intentionally placed or planned.

That is except for the finale.

As a culmination of the love and passion felt through the night, their send-off was nothing short of remarkable. We were almost done with the night when I heard the fireworks going off. We HAD TO get some fireworks in their photos! I yelled “RUN!” to Tarah and Carolyn, and before I knew, their wedding party and all their guests charged through the streets of Downtown Dallas for a midnight run. I’m pretty positive the people who saw us run around downtown like crazy chickens thought we were cray cray! 🙂

If you think our night ended there, you’re totally wrong! As I was loading my gear in my car, I overheard Lauren, one of the wedding party members, that they needed a ride back to the hotel. My studio was so close to all of it, so I offered them a ride, and they asked if I wanted to join the after-party. I usually have zero energy for anything after a long wedding day and look forward to getting myself in bed. I decided to use my last bit of energy to hang out with my lovely humans, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s been nearly two months, and I am still swooning over how beautiful this House of Blues wedding was. You know that saying, do something you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life? Well, this is what they mean!

Thank you, T + C. Thank you for allowing me to share this beautiful night with you and your loved ones, and thank you for adopting me into your crew!

I wish for you to have a lifetime of love and adventures, racing through the streets and singing broadway hits at the top of your lungs.


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