Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Get Ready for Gorgeous!

Well I have to say... picking favorites for this post was one of the toughest things I've had to do in a long time... this shoot was just so much fun, and Valena is just so GORGEOUS that it was impossible to take a bad photo of her. Here are a couple of the best... but the rest are all amazing as well. Enjoy!




One of the things that made this shoot so fun was that she was wearing such a ridiculously cute dress! Valena is not only a super mom, she's also amazingly crafty as well. One of her best talents is that she is a fabulous seamstress... she made not only a beautiful floor length strapless gown for her wedding, but a fun mini version for the reception as well. I love it! I also couldn't get enough of this concrete wall...




Ok ok... only one more on the big concrete wall... just because it's so much fun :) Check out that air... and in heels!




b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !!


Thank you Valena for being such a stunning (and fun) model. I had an absolute blast with you!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

One Hot Momma

This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure of doing a "day after" style wedding shoot with one of my best friends, and the hottest momma that I know! Doing bridal sessions after the wedding is so much fun because we can go crazy and get some amazing shots, without the bride worrying about mussing her dress a bit. I love love love all of the photos, she's just so darned photogenic! I will post more photos later this week... but for now a sneak peak!


Friday, January 18, 2008

Dallas Wedding Weekend

Ok here goes... photos from my weekend in Dallas. There were two main reasons for me to travel to Texas; number one because my cousin Emily was gettin' hitched (yippee!) and number two because my brother is going to be marrying one of my best friends Tara in Dallas this fall as well (double yippee!) and we were going to scout locations and dresses for their wedding. We had a super packed and busy weekend, which was exhausting but SO much fun. I took lots of photos and I'm just warning you now this is going to be a whopper of a post... so sit back, grab a cup of tea and settle it, here we go!

The first thing that we did when we got in was attend the rehearsal. My mom and Tara got to work decorating the pews...

The MOB (mother of the bride for those that don't speak wedding) my aunt Sue looking so proud!


And the father of the bride, my uncle Mike, taking photos :)


The happy couple, walking down the aisle after the rehearsal...


The next day was WEDDING DAY! It was fun to experience a wedding day as a guest instead of as a photographer, but of course you couldn't pry the camera out of my hands if you tried... so I had to grab a couple of shots here and there. The next few are from Emily's bridal brunch.


The bride and her momma :)


All of the bridesmaids looking fabulous


Emily toasting her bridesmaids and thanking them.... such a sweet speech! I love girly get togethers!


Between the brunch and the wedding we headed out dress shopping for Tara (I told you it was a packed weekend!!) I am holding myself back from posting any photos of her actually in a wedding dress, as I hear it's bad luck for Chris to see her in one before the big day.


The other thing that made my trip extra-fabulous was that I got to see one of my absolute best friends Jean. Tara, Jean and I were like 3 peas in a pod in college. We were all in the same architecture studio together, all rowed crew together, and basically spent all our time together :) I was so happy that Jean drove up from Houston to hang out with us on Saturday! I just had to throw her in front of the camera though, no one is safe around me :)


How gorgeous is she? I have such good looking friends!



Tara and Jean together.. so cute!


And of course I couldn't forget Tara's sister. They are so adorable together!


And now, finally... on to the wedding! There was no photography allowed during the ceremony and I wasn't around for the getting ready... which only leaves the reception. I did my best to stay out of the way of the hired photographer, Sarah Holt from VIM studio (who is awesome by the way!) so I mostly took photos of my family, plus a few dancing shots just for fun :) Here are my parents looking sharp


And Chris and Tara, looking ridiculous. Don't worry, that face was on purpose. They don't always look like that :)


I think this one is hilarious. I always tease my sister that her mannerisms are slowly turning into those of my mom... and I think this shot proves it!


Allison with the happy bride & groom


This dancing shot of my parents is one of my favorites of the night, so sweet!


And a little more dancing action. The party was a total blast!


Just as the night was winding down I glanced over and caught this shot, Emily with her parents in such a sweet moment. She is definitely daddy's (and mommy's) little girl! It was so touching to see the love between them.


So there you have it! My ridiculously long Dallas weekend wrap-up post! I had such an amazing time and I'm so happy for you Eric & Emily!! Congratulations on your marriage and I hope you're having a fantastic time on your honeymoon.
Chris & Tara, you're next! I can't wait for your wedding in Dallas this fall, it's going to be amazing I'm sure. Thank you so much to Jean for driving all the way up to see us, you looked fantastic and I can't wait until you move closer so we can hang out all the time :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

All Fixed!

Well after a hectic afternoon it appears that the email contact form issue has been resolved. I sent a couple of test emails to myself (don't laugh, it was the only way!) and they seem to have gone through so I'm going to trust that it's working again. If you did happen to send me an email and not get a response, please do feel free to resend it. I won't mind, I love email :)

And just to prove that I do have more posts coming... here is a sneak peak from my Dallas weekend extravaganza post. Hopefully to be uploaded tomorrow. This is my sister and her boyfriend.... awww how cute!


Contact Email Issues!

It has come to my attention that the contact me page on my website is not working properly. I hadn't noticed because my email address IS still working, so if you have been sending me email the old fashioned way (using your email client instead of the contact form) I have received (and most likely responded to) your emails. It is only the emails coming FROM THE WEBSITE that aren't working.

I'm not sure how long this has been going on, and I am SO SORRY for the inconvenience. If you have sent me an email in the last couple of days and you haven't gotten a response, it's probably because I never got the message! I will obviously get this straightened out right away!

In the meantime, if you need to get in touch with me please send all email to info@katyregnier.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sorry for the trouble and thank you for your patience! I'll let you know when this is all worked out.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ricci & Mike Married!

Well I'm back from my whirlwind trip to Dallas! It was an exhausting weekend, but a ton of fun as well. I have been running around non-stop since I got home, but I've finally taken just a few minutes to pick out a few of my favorites from last week's Parker Hotel wedding.

Ricci and Mike chose to have a small intimate wedding with only family and close friends. The setting was gorgeous and the family was beautiful as well! Since it was such a small wedding they opted to hold off on their reception and went to a quiet family dinner instead. It was such a wonderful way to share their love for each other and their families and I am so honored that I was able to play a part in such a special day. I am still going through my photos searching for favorites, but these are just a few that jumped out at me on the first pass.

First up some details.... I just couldn't get enough pictures of these shoes :)



Some final touches... adding the earrings

A quick shot of Ricci with her beautiful daughter before the ceremony


Ricci, her father, and her daughter before the ceremony. What a gorgeous family.


A quick kiss before the walk down the aisle. They are so precious together!



After the ceremony we had so much fun running around the hotel grounds to take portraits. Since we didn't have a reception to rush off to we got to have a lot of fun with different locations and lighting set ups. Have you ever seen a more gorgeous bride?





The handsome groom



And some crazy off camera lighting just for kicks... what a way to wrap up the night :)



Thank you Ricci & Mike for allowing me to be a part of your amazing wedding day. I wish you all the best in your future life together. A special thanks to Crissy as well for having me along on another gorgeous shoot!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wedding Tease

This is going to be a quick post! I just returned home from a super-quick trip out to Palm Springs where I shot an amazing intimate family wedding at the Parker hotel with Crissy. I am leaving tomorrow for a trip to Dallas and I won't have time to edit and post my favorites from this wedding until I get back... but I couldn't just go a whole weekend without posting any photos. So instead I'm going to leave you with just one...

With a bride in shoes as funky as this, you know you're in for a great day!


Stay tuned to the blog early next week for the full post on my first '08 wedding!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Long Overdue Holiday Recap

Well the holidays are officially over. It's been a busy couple of weeks so I haven't had much time to update the blog. I was hoping to put up a separate Christmas post before new years but clearly that didn't happen... so now you just have to sit through my Christmas and new years posts all at once. And get comfortable because this is about to be a long one, but trust me... this is the abridged version. You're lucky I didn't post photos from my family white elephant gift exchange :)

My favorite part about going home for the holidays is getting to spend time with friends and family. We typically play a lot of games, mostly apples to apples (which I love) and boggle (which I love even more... I think it may just be the best game ever invented!)



We also have a tradition in my family of always building ginger bread houses at Christmas. Leave it to Ben the architect to build a crazy round house. It was pretty fabulous.


On Christmas morning we open all of our presents in our pajamas like little kids. I will spare Ben the embarrassment of posting photos of him in his pajamas :) but I couldn't help posting this one of my sister. Just look at the excitement on her face! You'd never guess that gift was a pillow. Yes. A pillow. She's easy to please :)


She painted an amazing landscape (from a photo she took in Maui) for her boyfriend for his gift. Isn't it gorgeous? She is a super talented artist.


One of Ben's favorite gifts was his new photo toy. I think now we're going to have ridiculous numbers of photos of each other holding our cameras because every time I went to take a photo of him, he was pointing his camera right back at me. Oh dear.


After opening presents we usually go to visit friends at their house. This year they had a new dog that I'd never met before and Oh My Gosh it was about the cutest thing that I have ever seen. They're lucky I didn't steal her!


Ok so that's the Christmas photos... but now it's time for the new years batch! We headed out to Palm Springs for the weekend with my sister and Mark, John and Valena, and my parents. What better way to spend new years eve in the desert than going to an arcade and playing mini golf?


Allison has a photo-a-day blog which she had been sadly behind on updating due to a broken camera. She got it fixed for Christmas so it was back in action on this trip. Here she is in full photographer mode.



Mark and John tallying the score. I lost. By a lot. I do not have a golf career in my future :)


After mini golf we went back to the house and had some time to kill before midnight. So of course in an attempt to entertain ourselves we had to balance things on each others noses.



And play lots and lots of wii. I became addicted to the Rayman Rabbids game. The dancing bunnies are hilarious.


We got all festive with hilarious party hats and noise makers...


And at midnight had copious amounts of confetti.



At the end of the night we were all pretty wiped out. I think maybe those faces were from thinking about how hard it would be to clean up all the confetti :)


And to finish up the set... a ridiculous self portrait of Ben and I in party hats. Don't we look awesome?


All in all it was a wonderful holiday season. If you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations. That was a lot of Regnier family holiday to wade through :) I hope you all had a wonderful new year. Stay tuned to the blog in the next few days, I'm heading out for my first wedding of the year on Thursday so there's lots of excitement yet to come!