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

    October 20th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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

  2. Melissa Jean

    October 20th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    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!)


    October 20th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    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!

  4. corey

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Nice J and JD..

  5. CW

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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

  6. Amy Carson

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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

  7. Bianca

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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

  8. Tessie

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    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!

  9. Jodie Lemke

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    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. JS Photography

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Love picture #8 and #9.

  11. Amos Moses

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    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

  12. Becca

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    beautiful, Jasmine! That first look is preciousss

  13. Abby Grace

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    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!

  14. Ashley Goodwin

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    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!

  15. Torrie Nicholas

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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

  16. Diana Lupu

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    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.

  17. Rachel Marie Photography

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Awe, what a sweet couple. Their smiles are infectous

  18. Christopher Walker

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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

  19. Liz

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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

  20. Yuliya M.

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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

  21. Life with Kaishon

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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

  22. Emma Gardiner

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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

  23. Tiffany Tracy

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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

  24. Chris Kruger

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome as always!

  25. Kimberly Sebastian

    October 20th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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

  26. Michelle Feeney

    October 20th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Soo sweet. The first look was awesome!


    October 20th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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

  28. Jen Rice

    October 20th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    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 ♥

  29. Jillian Tree

    October 20th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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

  30. Janell

    October 20th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful work Jasmine! 🙂

  31. Karen

    October 20th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    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!

  32. ashley barnett

    October 20th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    La la la LOVE this wedding 🙂

  33. Odalys Mendez

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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

  34. Gail

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Yellow wildflowers? Oh so sweet!

    LOVING her cake too. GORGEOUS!

  35. Cat

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    so pretty jasmine & jd… as usual!

  36. Chelsea

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    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!

  37. clarissa

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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

  38. Karen Stott

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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

  39. Mona Alicia

    October 20th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    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!

  40. megan soh

    October 20th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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

  41. jessica vidmar photography

    October 21st, 2011 at 5:14 am

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

  42. Yarra Valley Weddings

    October 21st, 2011 at 9:31 am

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

  43. Yuba City Photographers

    October 21st, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Great pics Jasmine – keep them going!

  44. Megan Greathouse

    October 21st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    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!

  45. Kristin Nicole

    October 21st, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    This wedding is just stunning! I love that cake!

  46. Jennifer Hudspeth

    October 22nd, 2011 at 4:37 am

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

  47. Angie

    October 22nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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

  48. Fotograf Lublin

    October 22nd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Nice composition and style. Great Job.

  49. Jessica Schmale

    October 24th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    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!

  50. Jeff Dostalek

    October 24th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Amazingly BEAUTIFUL.

  51. Vivid Moments Photography

    October 24th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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

  52. Brittany Sweat

    October 25th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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

  53. evan tardy

    October 31st, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    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.

  54. Diego Molina

    November 1st, 2011 at 3:27 am

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

  55. Lera

    November 1st, 2011 at 4:27 am

    WOW!! Beautiful everything.

  56. Bryan

    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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

  57. FlutterFly

    November 4th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Your photos are the best. I LOVE that cake

  58. s h e r r y

    November 6th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    THESE ARE GORGEOUS! I looove her shoes, wowee.

  59. lele

    November 9th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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

  60. Brooke Summer Photography

    November 9th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

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