THIS COUPLE GOT SET UP! Sherri and David were both long time members of Austin Country Club but their paths had never crossed. Then, two mutual friends interceded and encouraged them to meet. After talking for hours and shutting down the restaurant on their first date, they knew they had found something special. The rest is history.
This is where I come in. Funny story. They hired me to photograph their engagement pictures and wedding. Sherri is very adventurous so we agreed to do the engagement session in a canoe, on Lake Austin, in the fall, after the leaves turn colors. I have been trying to get a couple to do this for years and Sherri and David were the first to agree.This kind of session takes lots of planning. We had to hire someone to rent a canoe (I insisted it be red) and paddle it to a specific site for the shoot. Timing was critical as the shoot had to take place just prior to the sun setting to maximize the golden tree colors but not too late that the sun sets below the hills - that amounts to about 15 minutes of optimal light. Every time we set a date it rained. Or it was freezing. Or the wind was blowing. Then came the hill country floods and the city closed all the lakes to boat traffic. And, because of the floods, the water was muddy brown and ugly. This was not going well. Finally just two weeks before the wedding, we got a break. Lindsay from the Rowing Docks brought a RED canoe to the boat channel at Austin Country Club and we were able to paddle up a stream in a canoe - and with only two weeks to spare before the wedding.
The wedding went much smoother thanks to Suzanne Court, the wedding planner. She had everything under control. The weather was perfect and the ceremony was beautiful. Sherri was escorted down the aisle by her father (Jerry) and her only son (Preston). There were some tears of joy and a few giggles when the ring did not slide on David's finger and he exclaimed; "Gee, I guess we should have practiced that ahead of time". Afterwards, the reception at Austin Country Club was an elegant display of gold, silver and teal featuring amazing white orchids, hydrangea flowers and teal crystal rocks on every table. The cake was also teal surrounded by a garden of hydrangeas. A totally amazing event for an amazing couple. So grateful that they let me be apart of this special event.
Wedding Venue: Smith Family Chapel, Riverbend ChurchReception Venue: Austin Country Club, Amy KennedyWedding Planner: SSC&E, Suzanne CourtPhotographer: Francois Photography, Kim FrancoisAssistant Photographer: Cat MattinglyOfficiant: Pastor Bob Bolender, Austin Bible ChurchCeremony Music: Dave MaddenReception Music: Derrick Hicks, Nu StandardSpecial Musical Performance: Doug Clark SteigerHair: Mirror MirrorMake Up: Kiss & Make UpLight Production: Austin Events LightingFloral: Fabian SalcedoVintage Car: Ben WirtzValet Service: Uptown ValetCake: Simon Lee Bakery, Judy LeeMacarons: Paris in a Bite
So honored The Society Diaries Magazine featured one of my weddings in the July/August 2018 issue of their high profile magazine. This is a second chance to celebrate this beautiful event!
Rebecca and Taylor met in the fall of 2011 while attending Auburn University - Go War Eagle! Currently living in Atlanta, Rebecca works as a Structured Securities Research Analyst at Invesco while Taylor is employed as a Sourcing Analyst at Jones Lang LaSalle. Seven years after that fateful meeting, they married in Austin, Texas on May 5, 2018 - also celebrated as Cinco de Mayo.
Anyone attending this wedding will never forget the flowers. As a wedding photographer for over 18 years, I have seen my share of wedding flowers. However, nothing compares to the flowers at this wedding. Westbank Flower Market did an amazing job converting the Austin Country Club ballroom into a lavish garden of pink, white and celery colored arrangements. They began by removing the doors from the ballroom and creating floral door arches to WOW the guests upon arrival. Then, each of the ballroom tables had spectacular arrangements which transformed the space into an elegant garden to stimulate the eyes and nose.
I love a wedding where the bride and groom take the initiative to personalize their special event with things that are important to them. This couple really hit the mark. A theme that was not to be missed paid homage to the holiday Cinco de Mayo. Contributing to the celebratory festivities, the bride supplied her twelve bridesmaids (yes, twelve) Mexican peasant dresses to wear while they got their hair and make up done. This Mexican theme was also carried into the evening reception with a Cinco de Mayo Buffet Room complete with Mexican decorations, a fabulous Queso Bar provided by Matt's Famous El Rancho Restaurant and a Beverage Bar featuring speciality frozen "Spicy" and "Texas" version Margaritas. Additionally the bride and groom created their very own speciality beverages: "The Becky" and "The Twan" complete with personalized wooden stir sticks. And what about the groom's cake you ask? Well, it was personalized too. Taylor had it designed to look like an Auburn University football helmet. Again, Go War Eagles! The groom also added a personal touch for his entourage of groomsmen by providing Atlanta Brave badges which were sewn on the arms of each of his twelve groomsmen to show their passion for his favorite baseball team. Go Braves!
It was a fun and festive event for all. Music provided by the Memphis Train kept the guest dancing right to the end. The bride and groom had their last dance and departed through a duel sided line of guests throwing rose petals and they were swept away in a 1940 Cadillac 60 Special to the Driskill Hotel for one night prior to honeymooning in St. Lucia. Go Honeymooners!
Thank you Rebecca and Taylor for inviting me to enjoy the fun and capture this night of memories for you.
Ceremony Venue: Smith Family Chapel, Riverbend ChurchReception Venue: Austin Country ClubEvent Planner: Megan Metzger, Pearl EventsFlorist: Westbank Flower MarketBakery: Simon Lee BakeryDecorations and Linens: PremierePhotographer: Kim Francois, Francois PhotographyAssistant Photographer: Cat MattinglyPhoto Booth: Kelsey Butler Harrison, Oh Happy Day BoothSpecial Effects Lighting: IlliosBand: Memphis TrainMake up: AdoreHair: AdoreOfficiant: Jeff LoomisMexican Dresses: Saint Beatrice1940 Cadillac 60 Special: Austin Classic Limo
Britt Moreno, the CBS Denver morning news anchor and her fiance, financial planner Jordan Curry, tied the knot on Saturday, December 2 at Austin Country Club. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple. The bride wore an elegant dress designed by Matthew Christopher which was purchased from The Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver. I'm not sure who designed Jordan's tux but he looked ever bit as magnificent as the bride.
Britt and her mother, Irma Moreno, did almost all of the event planning themselves. They selected navy and gold for the event colors and coordinated with specialty vendors to pull the room together with dramatic ceiling draping, special effect lighting, elegant table linens, fabulous flower arrangements and a black and white checkered dance floor. The ceremony was held under an open air Porte a Cochere providing security that the weather would not impact the ceremony - which it did not - and provided a beautiful vista of the Austin hills.
My favorite part of the day was THE FIRST LOOK. That is when Jordan was blindfolded and brought to see Britt prior to the ceremony. They enjoyed a few moments of privacy together to admire each other prior to taking pictures on the patio. Then, we jumped into a six passenger golf cart and headed to the 4th hole of the golf course for some additional pictures of the bride and groom in front of Lake Austin. One of the reasons I love this segment of the wedding is I get to see and photograph the couple's personal dynamics. In this case, I witnessed all pre-event nerves melt away and they beamed with love from that moment forward. This is always an indication of a good fit.
Britt might be a one time Dancing With The Stars celebrity but Jordan produced and choreographed a three minute dance that he and his groomsmen performed for the bride during the reception. What makes this even more impressive, Jordan had to email the dance instructions to his groomsmen because they did not live in Denver. It was an outstanding spectacle of talent and so much fun to watch.NOTE TO SINGLES: This couple met at a Christmas charity party in which they were selling raffle tickets to raise money for underprivileged children. It just goes to show you that "doing good" can have a profoundly positive impact on others and potentially a little something special for you too.
Thank you Britt and Jordan for allowing me to be apart of your special day.
Venue: Austin Country ClubVenue Coordinators: Amy Kennedy & Jordan MyersPhotographer: Francois Photography, Kim FrancoisAssistant Photographer: Cat MattinglyVideo: That's Amore Films, Anthony DiFonzoWedding Dress Designer: Matthew ChristopherBakery: Michelle's PatisserieSpecial Effects Lighting: Austin Event Lighting, Sean KrenekTable Linen: Premier RentalsDecorative Draping: Premier Rentals, Ken SharplesFlorist: Westbank Flower MarketInvitations: Paper PlaceBand: Matt Wilson BandValet: Uptown ValetMinister: Dr. Dave Haney
This 17 year old senior is very special to me! She is my grand daughter - Merritt.I have taken pictures of her ever since she was a baby. Last week, on the beach, it took my breath away as I looked through my lens to see the beautiful women she has become. It's not that I had not noticed how she was maturing over the years - I did. It's just when I aimed my camera and studied her features and movements - I gasped at the marvel she has become. And, as if that is not enough. Her insides match her beautiful exterior. It makes my heart soar with pride to post pictures of this wonderful young adult.
I love you Merritt!
Photographer: Kim FrancoisVenue: Destin, Florida Parents: Michelle/Dave