Jacqueline -N- Raymond's lovely fall wedding at the Humminbird House, Austin, Tx by Melanie Grizzel


Jacqueline -N- Raymond's lovely fall wedding at the Hummingbird House, Austin, Tx

From Jacqueline - Wedding planning was a matter of project management for me until I realized the gravity of the even about 3 weeks from the date.  It’s not that I wasn’t excited at the thought of throwing a wedding, I’m just great at compartmentalizing which was kind of necessary for me to do to get through planning and all the DIY projects myself.  Something I didn’t expect was that my emotions got the best of me at the end of the project planning phase and that led to many complex emotions in the 2 weeks before the wedding.  The nail biting excitement that I was going to marry my best friend, have everyone both he & I loved in one room, and enjoy a kick-a$$ party all at the same time got to me!  Each time I went down the guest list for invitation follow-ups, I reminisced about moments & events either I shared with each guest, heard about (as retold by Raymond), or Raymond and I shared with that guest together.   The culmination of each of those loving memories and how they impacted each of us as people, in and outside our relationship, was positively overwhelming.  All of those loving memories compounded on the fact that a marriage, had been 14 years coming, was about to occur; and each guest was partially responsible for getting us there!

On the Wedding Day - I don’t know why I had the illusion that everything would loosely go as planned timeline-wise, but it didn’t.  The hours before the wedding, I wished so hard to be the bubbly bride that everyone, including myself, wanted me to be, but instead I was driven to hyperventilate several times.  Between family members who made the event about themselves rather than Ray & I and timetables being blown out of the water, expectation after expectation was completely crushed.  I was convinced I was going to throw up on myself as my dad and I walked out into the damp lawn, not because things didn’t go according to my schedule, but more because my plans had allowed plenty of time for my family who was helping to be comfortable and prepared, but instead I lead them into chaos! Then I saw the grounds & heard the processional music I’d picked 12 months prior for the first time.  It was still overcast after the rain, but the flowers were gorgeous, so many friends and family were in the crowd, none of my kind helpers looked as if they’d broken a sweat just 30 minutes prior and my best friend was waiting for me at the front of the aisle.  In that moment all of the anxiety melted away and I was so content and at peace.  Our officiant led a wonderful service and kept everyone’s attention even though there was the distant sounds of 90’s rock playing at a neighboring property.  Raymond & I were looking at each other trying to stop one another from not cracking up that “Bad to the Bone” was playing during our ceremony.  Everything from then on out went well, Raymond and I pulled off our first dance and got tons of kudos on it, which was a huge relief because Raymond cannot dance to save his life.  Raymond and I couldn’t believe who wonderful the toasts were, my sisters and Raymond’s best friend and brother did great – and pulled together the best speech’s we could ask for.

After that the rest of the evening was one huge blur, honestly! But here are the top 10 memories that Raymond and I have of the night:

  1. DJ Jeff from Spacecraft Entertainment was amazing and definitely knew how to work the crowd.
  2. Our friend Jim Chambers literally made me dance every salsa song that came on with him – he’s a very intense dancer!
  3. Several family members came up to Raymond and I saying “I had no idea you were dancers”, which was hysterical because we really aren’t.
  4. Raymond’s grandpa even said, “We saw the wild side of Jackie tonight.”
  5. At one point I believe I acted the words of NSync “tearing up my heart” out, which came up on the playlist as a total surprise!
  6. We stole each other away for about 10 minutes to walk around the grounds and take everything in.
  7. Raymond surprised me with a vocal performance of “at last” by his cousin Robby
  8. There was an attempt at a Boys vs. Girls dance off
  9. My mom’s whole squad had a blast at the DIY photo booth we set out!
  10. The night ended somehow with Raymond and I being surrounded by people on the dance floor cheering us on while dancing “Last Dance” – it was both terrifying and awesome J

Then we ran off into the night and were married!

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Wedding Venue/Coordinator - Hummingbird House / WeddingPhotography – She-N-He Photography and Design / Catering/Bar- Pascal's Catering / Alcohol - Spec's  / Cake - Sweet Stuff in Kyle, Tx / Flowers – Wild Bunches Floral  / Strings – Terra Vista Strings / DJ - Josh with Penguin Entertainment / Photo Booth - Let’s Booth It / Hair - Leidi Like Hair Houston / Make-up - Hint of Shimmer / Bridal Gown - Leila gown by Jenny Yoo, exclusively at BHLDN boutique / Bridal Jewels - Necklace & Pearl Bracelet - Jacquemar Gems Chloe & Isabel Boutique,  Earrings - Kate Spade New York, Gold/Sapphire/Diamond Bracelet – “Something Borrowed” from friend, purchased at The Three Graces Antiques, Bride's Ring The Three Graces Antiques, Tiara – Great Gatsby Headpiece from Stoney Creek Boutiques (Etsy Shop)/ Men’s Wear - Al’s Formal Wear / Menswear - Joseph Abboud Two-Button Navy Super 120’s Framed Notch Lapel via Men’s Warehouse, Groom's Shoes - Mercanti Fiorentini Wingtip Oxford in Black, Grooms Ring - Zales / 

Austin original, husband and wife wedding photography team based in Central Tx. We specialize in documentary style wedding photography for couples who seek a unique, colorful and timeless look for their wedding photos. With experience in Advertising and Editorial Photography and Design we bring a unique perspective to Wedding Photography, Bridal Photography, Engagement Photography, and Boudoir Photography as well as Custom Wedding Invitation Design. If you’re looking for the bold, fearless and the Best Wedding Photographer in Austin Tx, you found the right team! Available for destination wedding photography worldwide.

Wedding Albums / Austin Wedding Photographer by Melanie Grizzel

Today I had to part with my most favorite album we have ever made - I'm so sad. It's so beautiful! Dreamy - Mexico!

Congratulations again Keeli and Kevin.

She-N-He Austin Wedding Photography and Design specializes in making your day…YOURS. We capture your wedding just the way you see it. We’re a husband and wife team with backgrounds in Graphic Design/Art Direction and Commercial/Editorial Photography respectively. We bring to you a unique perspective that is romantic, modern and timeless and 15 years experience shooting all over the world. Call us and tell us all about your big day. We’re listening. 512-351-9314. We also service San Antonio, Dallas, New York City, and any and all remote destination locations.

New! Float Wrap - Austin Wedding Photographer by Melanie Grizzel

destination wedding photographer Introducing She-N-He's new Float Wrap.

Its an awesome way to display your photographic works. Your images are printed on canvas and wrapped around masonite to create a thin wrap. Then the whole thing is mounted on 3/4 inch gator board with holes for hanging. Right out of the box the image is ready for hanging on the wall, all you need now is a nail. And it's lighter and more unique than a matted and framed print. When hung, the images appear to be floating near the wall. It's new and distinctive, why not be the first person you know to display one!

This one happens to be a 16x24 inch print. They also come in 20x30 inch.

If you book a wedding with She-N-He for a date landing between June 15, 2011 and Leap Day '12 (February 29, 2012) we'll make one of these amazing Float Wraps in the 20x30inch size for FREE! that is a $425 value.

If you are a recently passed bride, let us know you'd like this for your home, and we'll make one for you for 1/2 price - $212.

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Summer special! - Free Wedding album with any package - Austin Wedding Photography by Melanie Grizzel

Austin Wedding Photography In Texas, we all know that Spring is unfortunately short and that Summer will be here before we know it.  Well, since I have been absolutely INSPIRED by this amazing Spring weather I've decided to make the impending Summer a little easier to take.

If you book any wedding package now through September 30th, for any wedding date July 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011, you will receive a complimentary wedding photo album.  Our albums are gorgeous (if I do say so myself), 8x10 landscape albums printed on matte photo-archive paper and hardbound with full-color image-wrap covers with images from your wedding.  It's the one wedding souvenir that EVERYONE looks at.  Trust me.  I still look at our wedding album from five years ago every couple of months.

You simply need to book your wedding package (any wedding package qualifies) between the dates of April 6, 2011 (today) and September 30, 2011 to qualify.  Your wedding date must fall between July 1, 2011  - September 30, 2011.

If you have any questions, or want to chat with us about your date and details shoot us an email ( or call us at  (512-351-9314).



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5.26.10 Engagement Albums in Action by Melanie Grizzel

Steve and I got married 4 years ago and we had all of the traditional things, cake cutting pictures, bouquet toss and a sign-in book. After 4 years of marriage when I meet someone new and we chat about wedding pictures our wedding album always comes out and I could sit and chat about our wedding and wedding photography for hours. You know what piece of wedding memorabilia that may see the light of day but once a year, at best? Our sign-in book. Our guests all dutifully signed our sign-in book and for some reason we only pull it out on our anniversary. We love all of our guests comments and when we do pull it out to reread all of their hand written notes they are all joyful memories. It's just not something we think of everyday. We wanted to make it more desirable piece of nostalgia for our couples so, we added a new product to our line up last year. The engagement/Custom designed sign-in book. We started making them last year so we just recently started seeing them in action at our weddings.
We've taken a few shots and wanted to share with you the joy that is our newest addition.
Thanks for looking.
See you soon.


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7-29-09 Engagement Session by Melanie Grizzel

Engagement Session. 
An environmental Portrait at the location of your choice
online proofs for viewing and ordering for 1 year
total number of images = 100
DVD of all final, high resolution, digitally enhanced, print ready images
Custom designed 7x7 guest sign-in book

Here is an example of the guestbook that comes along with the engagement session.

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7-28-09 Albums by Melanie Grizzel

You're engaged!
Time to start planning your dream wedding.
1st a date 
next a location
then perhaps, catering, photography, and a dress?
These things add up quickly, it's true. 
Now you're trying to figure out what fits in your budget and what doesn't or what you can or can't live without. I hope that albums will soon be a photography must have, if not now then at your anniversary next year, we can make one for you any time right after or way after your wedding day.
I wanted to show you our newest additions. 
Depending on your budget we have 3 tiers of album
All of our albums are designed specifically and exclusively for every couple. They employ a highly sophisticated, simple and modern design style that will transcend generations. All of the paper products are archival and guaranteed to last a lifetime. 
Album #1 
30 page, 8x10 landscape, storybook, coffee-table album with dust jacket

Album #2
30 page , 10x10 square, storybook, coffee-table album, with a wraparound cover and a plastic protective sheath.
Album #3
30 page, 10x10, storybook, flush-mount album, with cover material of your choice.

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