Ever since I moved to Houston last year I’ve been searching for epic locations that would be perfect for my couples’ engagement sessions. When I heard about Hamilton Pools from a colleague I nearly fell out of my chair. It is such a beautiful place! What I didn’t realize about Hamilton Pools is that, even though it closes at 6:00pm, they start moving everyone out half an hour before. Well we wanted an epic shot of the waterfall but there were so many people there (and the light wasn’t soft enough yet) that we decided to wait until everyone started making their way to the parking area. But that’s when the park employees started kicking us out. But we had driven 4 hours for this shot and I wasn’t going to let a few rules get in my way.
Steven (my husband and second shooter) distracted the park attendants for 5 minutes so we were able to capture the couple in front of the epic waterfall. Jordan chose to wear our yellow tulle skirt (purchased from Mr Pretty Skirt for less than $100!!!). I love the shots of the train blowing! The pale yellow looks so pretty next to the aquas and blues of the pool. I made the bouquet myself with about $20 worth of flowers from HEB. After the park closed we still had a few minutes left of Golden Hour light so we pulled over in front of a farm and took advantage of those last few minutes of golden light.
We met on a dating website. Nick messaged Jordan first; his message was, “Hello is a good place to start.” Neither one of us was looking for anything serious, but here we are!
We love to travel. We often take road trips with our 2 dogs. Our families live scattered across the US so it’s a great excuse for us to hit the road and make an adventure out of it. We have yet to travel together internationally, but that’s on the books for this summer! Nick also enjoys cooking breakfast for Jordan on the weekends, and she is more than happy to oblige him! She does the dishes and he serves up a delicious meal of eggs, hash browns, and either corn pancakes or french toast. We also share a love of working out. We often go to the gym together, and there is a park with miles of walking/biking trails across the street from our house that we love to frequent. We also enjoy nightly walks with our dogs.Movies! We love movies! Jordan didn’t go to the movies much until she met Nick; while we were dating, he used to give Jordan a hard time for never knowing movie references or quotes from movies. He is working on that though, and she’s a great student! He would tell you it’s a work in progress!
We hit it off rather quickly, but as neither one of us was interested in anything serious initially, it took a while for things to become serious. After about 5 months of dating, we broke up for 6 months. Just after getting back together, we went on a road trip for a week. That was when Nick started to realize things were getting more serious for him. Jordan had that realization while they were broken up, but was mindful in keeping that detail to herself (we still talked some while we were broken up). She didn’t want to scare him off! It wasn’t until about a year and a half into dating though until we finally broached the subject of a future together. We are very similar people, but different enough that it balances out.
Once we started talking about marriage, Nick asked Jordan to pick out her engagement and wedding bands; on a trip to Washington D.C., we visited the Brilliant Earth showroom and purchased a set. Once it arrived at Nick’s house, he kept it hidden away for the perfect time. His plan was to propose during spring break while we were on a trip, but the plan went a little awry. He had decided to ask while we were in New Orleans, but due to bad weather and a bad choice of hotels, that plan got scrapped. Instead, Nick proposed to Jordan in the car while we were in the movie theater parking lot. The best part? The movie we were about to watch is titled “Death Wish.”
Brilliant Earth for the win! Jordan knew she wanted her rings to be as eco and socially friendly as possible, so during her hunt she came across Brilliant Earth. As all of their jewelry uses recycled metals and your choice of either lab-grown diamonds or conflict-free diamonds, she knew she would buy from them. We visited their showroom in Washington D.C. and she picked out an antique scroll matching set. The engagement ring is a platinum 1 carat lab-grown diamond with 3 smaller diamonds adorning each side.
Jordan suggested going to the courthouse, but we agreed on doing an actual wedding. The theme will be rustic chic, and the venue is an indoor/outdoor setting (hopefully the weather cooperates!). The goal is to get married under 2 giant oak trees and then have the ceremony in the dance hall on site. We plan to have several outdoor games, such as corn-hole and giant Jenga, for our guests to enjoy. We will also have a photo camper on site for guests to take silly photos home with them as mementos. We tried to keep it small, but with the 300+ family and friends we are inviting, we are not sure how big (or small) it will be.