Parador Houston Wedding : Sharon + Ivan

Parador Houston Wedding : Sharon + Ivan


The only sound was the raising and falling of their laughter. Rolling sounds of sheer happiness and, perhaps, a little nerves. Sharon and her bridesmaids were ready early…all dolled up and a little too early to dress, so they plopped on an oversized couch and watched Modern Family. As Sharon nibbled on miniature fruit punch snacks, the room swam around her. Laughter, joy, and peace. Much like her life with Ivan, these emotions prepared her for the day she’d marry her best friend.

Ivan waited for Sharon in the garden of The Parador in Houston, their hometown and the city where they fell in love. Fellow Longhorns, they walked the campus together one night and her nervously gathered the courage to tell her how he felt. He thought he could walk the rest of his life with a girl like Sharon. Years later, she walked to him on their wedding day. Surrounded by their friends and family, they promised to make each other better, to cook together (although Sharon might just be the Official Taste Tester), and remain by each other’s side. Forever.

Sharon and Ivan…I said it before, but I’ll say it again: being there with you, on your wedding day, made me feel like the luckiest photographer. In the world. I felt loved and appreciated and the best part is that you just didn’t make me feel that way…that’s the effect you have on everyone. And I’m honored to have documented the ramifications of your Love Effects. Boom! Just made up a phrase for you…feel free to use it while honeymooning in Hawaii! 😉 Much Love and Appreciation… j*

Sharon is a stylish girl…so stylish, in fact, the running joke at the wedding was she radically revolutionized Ivan’s wardrobe within a few months of dating. Based on her decision to wear Christian Louboutin heels on her wedding day, I wish she’d pay a visit to my closet!

Oh…ooooooh…how can a girl go wrong wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress on her wedding day? That’s right…she can’t.

Sharon and Ivan opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony (triple cool points for them!) and it was arranged in the gardens of The Parador…the look on his face alone makes a First Look so special and allows for maximum time for taking wedding photos…

Sharon…thank you for working it out, being fierce, and shaking the Puerto Rican dance moves I taught you! 😉

Official officialness…

Now here’s where Sharon and Ivan melted my heart. I arrived in Houston the day before the wedding and visited The Parador the day before to check out the venue from a wedding photographer’s perspective. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I loved it…but it was definitely a small space to work in. No biggie! That’s something JD and I work with all the time. We got in our car and drove through the neighborhood to see a little more of Texas and then came upon…wait for it…an empty field of wildflowers. Amen.

Sharon walked almost three blocks in her heels for us to capture wedding photographs to reflect a truly unique side to their love…and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Both photos are JD’s…

While we were off taking wedding photos in fields of wildflowers, Kelly of Eventology Weddings worked with her amazing team to ensure the ballroom at The Parador was ready for one beautiful reception. Just look at that cake by Cakes by Gina and florals by Special Arrangements

Sharon and Kelly (and perhaps Ivan, too!) worked hard at making unique details for this wedding and it was absolutely worth every effort!

The First Dance as captured by JD…

Many thanks to Bella Vista Productions for being a great videography team to work with…and providing some epic video light!

…my angle of the First Dance…

To see more of Sharon and Ivan’s Houston wedding at The Parador, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here:

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  1. Rick Miller -

    Great Photography as usual, the window light black and white is Stunning.

      10.20.11 - 3:53 pm

  2. Melissa Jean -

    Oh my goodness. I am DYING over those shoes! So cute! (And I’m not even a ‘shoe girl’, or at least Ididn’t used to be!)

      10.20.11 - 3:56 pm

  3. LEOLAK -

    Man…you guys just get better and better. LOVE the shot of Sharon sitting putting on her shoes…just…something about it. All of this is great…and she looks fantastic! Gorgeous couple…beautiful/amazing photos…PERFECT combination!

      10.20.11 - 4:02 pm

  4. corey -

    Nice J and JD..

      10.20.11 - 4:08 pm

  5. CW -

    Love you detail shoots Jasmine 🙂 The bride and groom look so natural in your pictures too! 🙂

      10.20.11 - 4:12 pm

  6. Amy Carson -

    One of my favorite weddings so far. Beautiful work as always J* and JD!

      10.20.11 - 4:12 pm

  7. Bianca -

    The cake is my fav picture. Oh yeah, it’s beautiful too. 😉

      10.20.11 - 4:23 pm

  8. Tessie -

    Hello Jasmine! As I sit here editing my work your post popped up and I could not resist to take a look. Timeless and…Gorgeous!

      10.20.11 - 4:23 pm

  9. Jodie Lemke -

    Gorgeous! I love the shoes reflective shot & that last shot from the first look! You rock J*. Gorgeous couple with amazing details. the reception looked amazing!

      10.20.11 - 4:24 pm

  10. JS Photography -

    Love picture #8 and #9.

      10.20.11 - 4:30 pm

  11. Amos Moses -

    Such an awesome job Jasmine! You are a true artist…great use of light and space!! Thanks for sharing, it really does inspire and helps to better the work my wife and I do. We look forward to your daily posts. ~Amos and Jen Moses

      10.20.11 - 4:38 pm

  12. Becca -

    beautiful, Jasmine! That first look is preciousss

      10.20.11 - 4:45 pm

  13. Abby Grace -

    Oh wow, Jasmine these are beauiful. I love the portrait of him kissing her on the side of her head. Classic and timeless, as are the rest of your images. Gorgeous!

      10.20.11 - 4:53 pm

  14. Ashley Goodwin -

    Don’t say white lave "LOUBOUTINS" around me! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! NEED!
    Gorgeous couple! Love that you went all out and found some sunflowers for this gorgeous texas wedding! Perfection! And what a TROOPER of a bride to hike it…in LOUBOUTINS?!?! in the DIRT?!?!?!? Awesome Bride! So worth it!

      10.20.11 - 4:53 pm

  15. Torrie Nicholas -

    Sigh…. I love the shot where she is walking up behind him. You can totally feel his anticipation. Fabulous wedding. See you at WPPI. 🙂

      10.20.11 - 4:58 pm

  16. Diana Lupu -

    Dear Jasmine,
    I would walk 10 blocks in heels if you asked me to. Okay, maybe I’d hitch a ride, but still. Point is, when you trust your photographer and her vision, you do anything she says. 🙂
    Love, D.

      10.20.11 - 4:58 pm

  17. Rachel Marie Photography -

    Awe, what a sweet couple. Their smiles are infectous

      10.20.11 - 5:05 pm

  18. Christopher Walker -

    Awesome as usual. Can you please teach me???

      10.20.11 - 5:10 pm

  19. Liz -

    I love how you pick your B&W photos – the light and contrast are beautiful!!

      10.20.11 - 5:17 pm

  20. Yuliya M. -

    Love the image with the wind in her veil, oh and that officialness shot just got to be the best! Happy for them!

      10.20.11 - 5:19 pm

  21. Life with Kaishon -

    They seem so great. Genuine smiles. Happy forever wishes to them.

      10.20.11 - 5:28 pm

  22. Emma Gardiner -

    Those are some seriously hot shoes!
    Fave pic, the veil flowing in the wind X

      10.20.11 - 5:37 pm

  23. Tiffany Tracy -

    Jasmaine-You rocked it!! (as you always do) 🙂

      10.20.11 - 5:38 pm

  24. Chris Kruger -

    Awesome as always!

      10.20.11 - 5:47 pm

  25. Kimberly Sebastian -

    Absolutely stunning Jasmine! And some special props to those shoes that are tugging at my wallet strings as we speak 🙂

      10.20.11 - 6:37 pm

  26. Michelle Feeney -

    Soo sweet. The first look was awesome!

      10.20.11 - 6:46 pm


    Great wedding full of details and great photos to remember. Love it Jasmine!! Thanks for sharing!!

      10.20.11 - 7:00 pm

  28. Jen Rice -

    LOVE!!!! I just love the emotion you are able to capture 🙂 Hoping my next bride ops for a first look but it’s not looking like she will 🙁 The music you put to this slideshow is FABULOUS! I’d love to know what the title is and who’s the artist ♥

      10.20.11 - 7:00 pm

  29. Jillian Tree -

    amazing!! love the wilfdlower field shots…and the shoes! 😉

      10.20.11 - 7:02 pm

  30. Janell -

    Absolutely beautiful work Jasmine! 🙂

      10.20.11 - 7:25 pm

  31. Karen -

    Wow! What a gorgeous wedding and such a beautiful slideshow…it made me tear up seeing their evident love for one another and gave me goosebumps! Congrats to the happy couple!

      10.20.11 - 7:31 pm

  32. ashley barnett -

    La la la LOVE this wedding 🙂

      10.20.11 - 7:44 pm

  33. Odalys Mendez -

    Wow! I love the dynamics between these two, they look so happy and in love!

      10.20.11 - 8:06 pm

  34. Gail -

    Yellow wildflowers? Oh so sweet!

    LOVING her cake too. GORGEOUS!

      10.20.11 - 8:08 pm

  35. Cat -

    so pretty jasmine & jd… as usual!

      10.20.11 - 8:09 pm

  36. Chelsea -

    Sharon, you looked absolutely radiant. I LOVE the look on Ivan’s face when he turned around. Precious. I know the Lord will bless your marriage. Great job Jasmine!

      10.20.11 - 8:36 pm

  37. clarissa -

    so L.O.V.E.L.Y.!!!

      10.20.11 - 8:52 pm

  38. Karen Stott -

    Those shoes are unbelievable!!!! Love all the pink everywhere! xoxo

      10.20.11 - 8:59 pm

  39. Mona Alicia -

    Ohhh, the shot through the "window of flowers" (name for it I just made up) is breathtaking! It looks like an old world painting. Beautiful!

      10.20.11 - 10:37 pm

  40. megan soh -

    jasmine, these are beautiful! sharon, what a gorgeous bride you are.

      10.20.11 - 10:42 pm

  41. jessica vidmar photography -

    you nailed it again! i just love looking at your work…

      10.21.11 - 5:14 am

  42. Yarra Valley Weddings -

    I love all the details in this – someone has a great eye for wedding decor!

      10.21.11 - 9:31 am

  43. Yuba City Photographers -

    Great pics Jasmine – keep them going!

      10.21.11 - 1:57 pm

  44. Megan Greathouse -

    SO FUN to see a familiar face on your blog! Sharon, GORGEOUS wedding!! I LOVE YOU!! Way to go Jasmine and JD…you guys are an awesome team!

      10.21.11 - 2:47 pm

  45. Kristin Nicole -

    This wedding is just stunning! I love that cake!

      10.21.11 - 8:11 pm

  46. Jennifer Hudspeth -

    This is one of my favorites this year. <3 Beautiful as ever.

      10.22.11 - 4:37 am

  47. Angie -

    Love the one of her sitting in front of the window!!

      10.22.11 - 1:31 pm

  48. Fotograf Lublin -

    Nice composition and style. Great Job.

      10.22.11 - 9:21 pm

  49. Jessica Schmale -

    You’re MARRIED! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t believe it all came so fast. Everything is beautiful!!! I’m so excited for ya’ll. I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be!

      10.24.11 - 3:39 pm

  50. Jeff Dostalek -

    Amazingly BEAUTIFUL.

      10.24.11 - 4:51 pm

  51. Vivid Moments Photography -

    first time on your blog. gorgeous work! i love how natural your photos feel and look

      10.24.11 - 10:06 pm

  52. Brittany Sweat -

    This song makes me smile and the photos are just beautiful! Such a beautiful couple. Great job Jasmine!

      10.25.11 - 4:34 pm

  53. evan tardy -

    they’re all such great pictures! i think the shot of the shoes on the glass is my favorite….wait a sec…yep, it is.

      10.31.11 - 7:38 pm

  54. Diego Molina -

    lovely couple and amazing details. It is always a pleasure to see your post!!

      11.1.11 - 3:27 am

  55. Lera -

    WOW!! Beautiful everything.

      11.1.11 - 4:27 am

  56. Bryan -

    Even better shoes! it looks like you’ve made the most of the location and created some stunning images

      11.3.11 - 8:50 pm

  57. FlutterFly -

    Your photos are the best. I LOVE that cake

      11.4.11 - 12:02 am

  58. s h e r r y -

    THESE ARE GORGEOUS! I looove her shoes, wowee.

      11.6.11 - 11:46 pm

  59. lele -

    Stunning! The shoes, the dress, the decor… I love everything about this wedding!

      11.9.11 - 6:27 pm

  60. Brooke Summer Photography -

    I LOVE the lace shoes, and his reaction to the first look was priceless! Awesome work. 🙂

      11.9.11 - 7:45 pm

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