Raymond + Ester Wedding

Well it's been 3 weeks since the lovely wedding of Raymond & Ester. I am done editing hundreds of photos, except a few need just a touch up and I can deliver to Raymond & Ester who have been so sweet and patient.

This was a July wedding in South Texas so I don't have to tell you it was HOT. It was steamy hot. But us Texans can deal with it can't we! We just keep going. The ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Halletsville, Texas. My first question was why in Halletsville? Ester told me that this church was very special to Raymond as this was his home church and many members of his family were married here, baptized here etc. Ok - that makes sense! The priest was so welcoming and sweet and make the ceremony very personal and special. Huge wedding party! 10 couples, 3 flower girls and a ring bearer! They were all so awesome - the wedding party photos all went swiftly and smoothly which gave me a few minutes alone with the bride and groom. We went outside (in the heat) and were able to capture some intimate and sweet images of them.

I've known Ester for years. In 1998, I divorced my husband and had to work two jobs. While I worked evenings, my son spent lots of time with Ester and her son Christopher. I will be forever grateful to her for keeping my son while I worked. Ester called me almost two years ago wanting to hire me to photograph her wedding. Before that time, I had only shot a couple of weddings - and those were for friends. I didn't even know what to charge her! So I researched other photographers and searched my heart and came up with a proposal for her. She accepted it and I was excited but a bit scared. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that she saw something in me and my work and trusted me to capture this super important event in her life! I learned more about Ester the day of the wedding than I ever knew. I could see how much she loved her family. When I was leaving the party, Ester hugged me long and hard.

I didn't meet Raymond until the day of the wedding. He came in as many grooms do, looking a little hot & tired fro