Scottish Wedding at The Springs Denton Lodge

The Springs Event Venue Denton at The Lodge

We were honored to photograph and video Rachel and Graeme’s wedding at The Lodge venue at The Springs Event Center near Denton, TX.  Their fall wedding featured a Scottish flair.  The groom is from Scotland and wore a kilt.  We recently featured a post about wedding Kilts on our blog.  Rachel is the third of three sisters to be married and we’ve been the wedding photographer for all three of the weddings.

 

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

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The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

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The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

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Picture Perfect Bride

Rachel wore an amazing gown from Stardust Celebrations in Plano, TX.  Her wedding dress is a beautiful ivory color with champagne accents.  It has a long flowing train and featured a beautiful floor-length veil.  We did not have time before the wedding to create a bridal portrait on a separate day.  We generally include a bridal session at no charge with your wedding coverage, but Rachel’s schedule was too busy to get it in.  We took time on her wedding day to create a few different bridal portraits.  Her parents have 30×40 inch metal prints of her sisters hanging in their home, and Rachel was not to be outdone by her younger sisters.

We began our day with coverage of Rachel and her bridesmaids preparing for the day in the large bridal suite at The Lodge.  Although we generally prefer a room with large windows for lighting, we used our Light and Motion Stella series LED constant lights to create the perfect color lighting.  Most rooms have tungsten or daylight LED lighting and the color of those lights is not as accurate as the professional lighting we use for wedding photography and videography.

Rachel looked stunning in her gown.  The Springs Event Center’s Lodge location offers a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor portrait opportunities.  During the pre-ceremony coverage, we prefer to use any available lighting we can.  Our favorite type of lighting is window lighting.  Windows have provided the lighting for portraits for centuries upon centuries, and some of the most famous art in the world was created with a subject being illuminated by a single window.  The most famous artist to use this type of lighting is probably Rembrandt.  Although we don’t always use the exact definition of “Rembrandt Lighting”, we do often seek the same types of light sources he would have used to create his signature look.

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

In case you aren’t familiar with Rembrandt Lighting, Rembrandt lighting is a lighting technique that is used in studio portrait photography. It can be achieved using one light and a reflector, or two lights, and is popular because it is capable of producing images that appear both natural and compelling with a minimum of equipment.

During our Bride’s coverage, we like to not only capture the beauty of the bride but also create so many of the most important family portraits you’ll ever take.  Whenever possible, we capture the bride with her mother and father, and then portraits of each of them with her.  If there are any siblings at the wedding, we’ll often capture the entire immediate family with the bride alone, and then the bride with each of her siblings.  We often hear from brides that these images are the first they have made in a ‘formal portrait’ with their family in a number of years.  As they get older, these images with their parents and siblings become so much more valuable.  We also create the same images when possible for the groom.  In Rachel’s case, she has her mom and dad at the wedding, and her 2 younger sisters are in the bridal party.  We photographed them together as a family, and then with each of Rachel’s brothers-in-law.

The Scottish Groom and His Kilt

Every proper Scottish groom must wear a classic Kilt to his wedding.  As we’ve documented, Graeme is from Scotland.  He and Rachel met there some years ago while she studied abroad.  From our previous post, we’ve learned there is more to a Kilt than meets the eye.

Scottish kilts originate back to the 16th century. They were traditionally worn as full-length garments by Gaelic-speaking male Highlanders of northern Scotland. They were referred to as a léine, Gaelic for “shirt”.  The garments were draped over the shoulder or pulled over the head as cloaks.

Thanks to kiltrentals.com for the information about wearing a Kilt at a wedding.

The Wedding Kilt: The Tuxedo of Kilt Outfits

Graeme decided for The Prince Charlie variety of formal wedding Kilt wear.  The Prince Charlie jacket is characterized by a set of three buttons on either side of the jacket and hangs low at the back, almost like a tailcoat. The traditional choice of color is black. Other shades may sometimes be worn as well.

His set up also included the traditional matching 3 button vest.  His vest was the same color as his jacket.  Typical of most wedding Kilt suits for formal occasions, he included a plain wing collar white shirt. To finish off the look, he went with a long tie to match his Tartan.

 

Outdoor Ceremony at The Springs Denton Lodge

The Springs Event Center Lodge Denton Scottish Kilt Wedding Photography

The outdoor ceremony space at The Springs Event Venue in Denton is a spectacular space outside The Lodge.  It is tucked away under large oak trees.  Rachel and Graeme exchanged their vows under the large covered pergola.  The walk to the ceremony site takes the guests and the wedding party over a beautiful stone bridge.  We just love the images set against the background of the fall colors and The Lodge.  There are some images that you would swear were taken in Colorado and not Denton, Texas.  The Lodge’s outdoor ceremony space is set with the west setting sun behind the couple.  The lighting at sunset was perfect for the images in almost every direction.  We had just enough light after the ceremony to make all of the formal family photos and the couple’s portraits outdoors.  IT was a cold windy day, so we worked quickly and finished all of the portraits in about 20 minutes.

The Lodge Wedding Reception Space

The reception space at The Springs Denton Lodge is one of my favorite wedding spaces in all of Dallas-Fort Worth.  The large exposed beams are rustic and beautiful.  The focal point is a floor to ceiling stone fireplace set against a wall of glass.  The view overlooks the wooded area outside.  The view is truly one you would see in a mountain lodge.  Rachel and Graeme’s reception featured a seated dinner served buffet style.  Rachel and Graeme opened the reception with a beautifully choreographed dance.  After dinner, there was a ceremonial bouquet toss.  The evening ended with a vintage car getaway through a runway of sparklers!

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NEW Express Family Session – Affordable and Fast

NEW for 2020 The Express Family Portrait Session!

Let’s face it, taking new family pictures can be somewhat difficult.  We are excited to introduce The Express Family Portrait Session.  Normally, we work very quickly with families.  But now, we’ve created a very fast, very affordable family portrait option at Ivey Photography.

The Express Family Portrait takes place during your 45-minute appointment.  There are no hidden costs, no pressuring sales appointments, no obligation to purchase additional images, and no hostage holding picture packages. This is truly a “what you see is what you get” family picture appointment.  We’ve made it easier than ever to gather your family for a few pictures.  Depending on your family and the combinations of photos you want, we may need all 45 minutes, or we may only need 15 minutes.

Taking Family Pictures is Easy

  1.  Choose your time.  We are available Tuesday through Friday afternoons from 2-6 pm, and on one Saturday per month between 9 am and Noon.  See our online bookings for availability.
  2. Choose a location.  Your family pictures can be created in a variety of settings to meet your style.  The first option is in our studio.  We have several backdrop styles from classic to modern to rustic.  We offer several pre-determined outdoor locations that are located within walking distance of our studio.  Choose from a park setting, a nature walk area, the downtown streets or a grungy back alleyway.  Each offers a different set of color and texture options, and all make great family portrait backdrops.
  3. Choose your product mix.  Our base session includes your session time, 3 8×10 prints and a set of 5 digital files for sharing on social media.  For a small additional fee, we upgrade your digital files to printable quality and include a print release.

How Much is The Express Family Portrait Session?  $299

Yep.  $299. you get portraits by an award-winning studio, using professional lighting and posing and the most advanced equipment money can buy.  We are located in Downtown Midlothian and the session happens rain or shine.  Our studio space is fantastic. Even if we have bad weather, you’ll get a professional portrait when you planned for the price you expect.

How Many Poses Do You Get?

The idea of the Express Family Session is to give you the same results you expect from one of our full family sessions.  Generally, the number of poses you’ll receive in your preview gallery will be related to the number of people you bring to the Express session.  The session is slotted for only 45 minutes, so large extended family groups may find a few less possible combinations, but we do aim to give you all of the same pose options as in our custom sessions.  The main difference is that we are limited select appointment times, and to locations near our studio in Midlothian.  Some families may elect to stay indoors and take advantage of our studio space.  If you are looking for a portrait at your home or in a location other than downtown, you’ll want to book us for a traditional portrait session.

Who Can Attend the Express Session?

“Family pictures” is a bit of a loose term.  We’re happy to photograph your family in any configuration you’d like.  If you want parents and children included, we’ll likely make a traditional image of all of you.  Then we will break up into smaller groups and photograph the children together and by themselves.  We’ll also photograph parents together or with any significant other.  Let’s face it, the modern family picture isn’t what it used to be.  “It takes a village”, as they say, and we’d love to photograph yours, in whatever combination it arrives in.

What Happens Next?

After you Express Family Portrait session, we’ll choose  8-15 favorite images from the session.  We’ll send you an online gallery to view your images.  From there, you choose the images you like to match our base package of 3 prints and 5 digital files.  If you’d like to order additional family pictures, you can do so online for up to 90 days.  Your order will be ready to pick up in 3-5 days.  Your digital files will be delivered by email.

Express Family Pictures

These images of Becky and her family are typical of the type of images you can expect during your Express Family session.  We used 2 different locations located within walking distance of our Main Street studio.  We captured a family grouping with their dogs, captured portraits of each of the boys, and made a really sweet group shot of the boys together.

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Affordable Midlothian Family Pictures

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Wedding Videography Lisa and James The Orchard Azle, TX

We were honored to create the wedding videography for Lisa and James when they were married at The Orchard in Azle, TX.  Their wedding video is a highlight edit of their complete video coverage.  We photographed their wedding, as well and we’ve highlighted the photography in a separate post from the videography.

Although we are newly entering the video market, we are visual storytellers at heart.  In our wedding videos, we work to produce the same quality as we do with our photos.  Since we work as a team for both types of coverage, we are careful to stay out of the way of each other.  We work together to set up any shots the videographer needs while the photographer is working.

Videography is a totally separate art form from photography.  We are continually perfecting our technique and editing style.  We prefer a mixed-timeline edit style.  We like to highlight the most important moments of your wedding day with a video that you can enjoy again and again.

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80’s Style Senior Portraits in Midlothian – Oh, and a Hedgehog!

Lexi from Ovilla Christian School came to Ivey Photography for her 80’s style senior portraits in Midlothian, TX.  She is the fourth of five in her family to come to Ivey for her senior pictures.  We also photographed her 3 older brothers when they were seniors.

80’s Senior Style

Lexi is a bit of an old soul.  She’s an 80’s girl trapped in 2020.  Her favorite TV series is Stranger Things.  She loves all of the 80’s John Hughes movies.  Her favorite movie is The Breakfast Club, so we recreated a few of the images from the movie and quoted all the lines we could think of during the session.  The famous Judd Nelson “air punch” was one of her favorite shots we made.  Lexi brought us several outfits to work with, all in her own style.  She wears Doc Martins and baggy jeans.  Her leather jacket full of pins was a perfect accessory.  She has a cute sensibility and an easy-going way about her.  For the first few photos, we used the classic grunge brick wall in the studio with Lexi’s men’s style blazer over a sweatshirt and jeans.  She added classic white Convers Chuck Taylors to complete her look.  I went with a more masculine pose to create a look you may see on the back of a cassette tape.

Senior Pictures with a Hedgehog

In 11 years we’ve photographed a few different kinds of animals.  Lexi was the first senior to bring her pet hedgehog for pictures.  I’d never seen a hedgehog in person, so Hazel the Hedgehog was my first experience with one.  She was gentle and easy to handle.  As soon as I saw her and her spines and little nose, I knew the shot I wanted.  I knew if I let the lighting fall on her from behind, we could get a really pretty view of those spines.  I also knew Lexi would look good in profile light.  So we combined the two ideas and had them get nose to nose for a really cute interaction and really pretty lighting on both of them.

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Midlothian High School Baseball Senior Portraits

Hunter came to Ivey Photography in Midlothian so we could create his baseball senior portraits.  As a senior, he is a starting infielder/outfielder for the Midlothian High School Baseball team.  Hunter is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman.  We also created a variety of studio portraits including a casual cap & gown photo.  We kept the session light-hearted and had fun with Hunter’s easy-going personality.  Like most senior guys, he was reluctant to come in for senior pictures.  Once he saw what we were creating in the camera, he quickly loosened up and began to offer ideas and get into the ideas we had for him.

We started with portraits in the studio before moving to the Midlothian High School’s new baseball stadium.  The studio portraits represented Hunter’s family legacy as his grandfather was the founder of Ivey Photography, Mr. Ray Ivey.  Mr. Ivey also photographed hundreds of sports teams in our area.  We hope he would have been proud of our efforts while at the baseball field.

Coach Ray Hydes of the Midlothian High School baseball team was kind enough to allow us one hour of sunset time at the field.  When we arrived another photographer was completing a session with one of Hunter’s teammates.  We waited for the sun to set and for the stadium lights to come on.  Most of the baseball games in the MISD are played at night.  I wanted Hunter’s portraits to reflect his playing days for the Panthers.  I used a combination of Stella Pro LED constant lights and the Godox AD600 Flash to light Hunter’s pictures.  I made use of the lighting in the stadium and made my lighting resemble the stadium lights.

Here are a few of our favorite images from Hunter’s senior portrait session in Midlothian, TX.

Senior portraits with an AR rifle gun

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Founder’s Chapel Southlake Wedding Perry’s Reception

Sally and Jamie were married recently in Southlake at The White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the Founder’s Chapel wedding venue.  White’s Chapel is home to dozens of weddings in Southlake each year.  This wedding ceremony was held in the Founder’s Chapel.

The Founder’s Chapel

 

Founder's Chapel White's UMC Southlake Wedding Photographer

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The Founder’s Chapel is the smallest of White’s Chapel’s three wedding ceremony sites.  What it lacks in size it makes up for in charm.  The space is warm and inviting, with beautiful windows overlooking a small pond.  Beautiful sunlight flows in through the windows.  There is a small bridal suite for the bride and a small group to prepare in.  If you’re looking for a large bridal suite, you won’t find it here.  The floors are all original wood throughout the small chapel.  After couples are married they traditionally ring the large bell atop the chapel.  Couples stop at the door and pull the large rope to ring the bell while they kiss.

White’s Chapel Stained Glass

White’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s main sanctuary is the largest of the three wedding ceremony options on the campus.  Inside of the main sanctuary, there is a gigantic stained glass window.  Sally and Jamie requested a special photograph in front of the glass window.

Founder's Chapel White's UMC Southlake Wedding Photographer

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Second Chance Weddings

Sally and Jamie both lost their spouses in recent years.  For them, this wedding was about a second chance at love.  Through their faith and family, and the magic of the internet, they were able to meet.  During their beautiful service in The Founder’s Chapel, they described a love that everyone wishes for.  Their children from their previous marriages were so thrilled that they were together, and you could honestly feel how excited everyone was for this union.  To celebrate their marriage, Sally and Jamie invited all of their guests to Perry’s Steakhouse in Southlake.  They shared a beautiful dinner, cake and kind words from their guests before heading off to their honeymoon.

Southlake Perry's Steakhouse Wedding Reception

If you are planning a small wedding or a second wedding, we offer reduced rates for daytime and smaller weddings.  We love intimate weddings at small venues on reduced timelines.  Let’s meet and talk about how to create a set of meaningful images that are more about your family and your relationship with your new spouse.  Inquire at iveystudio.com

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Senior Pictures Midlothian High School Soccer Goalie

Senior Pictures in Midlothian

Dalton is a 2020 Graduate of Midlothian High School.  He came to us for senior pictures in Midlothian.  We specialize in location lighting and posing for senior portraits for guys and girls.  Dalton is the Varsity goalkeeper for the Midlothian High School soccer team.  He is also a youth leader in his church and an outstanding student.  Dalton had already taken his Cap & Gown Portrait with the contracted school photographer.  He came to Ivey Photography for senior portraits that allowed him to be himself and show his true character.

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A Walk Around the Block

Our extended senior portrait session is a custom experience for each student we photograph.  Dalton has many talents and aspects of his life that make him unique.  He is not only an excellent athlete, but his faith in God and his superior speaking skills make him an excellent youth leader at his church.  He is attending Oklahoma State University in the Fall.  We captured images for him that showcased those important aspects of his life.

We love our studio space.  One of our advantages over “at home” photographers is that we can capture studio work and in five minutes be outside capturing in downtown Midlothian, or downtown Dallas.  For Dalton’s senior portraits, we simply walked outside.  The fall colors were still hanging on to some of the trees.  I used a low angle to isolate Dalton from the busy street and frame him against the warm leaves in the trees.  Using an off-camera flash, I was able to add just a kiss of light to brighten up his face.  We found another isolated patch of color in front of a stone building to create an image Dalton requested.  He wanted to be shown reading his Bible.  He is an avid reader and studies his Bible regularly.  The streetscapes in town are nice for portraits.  There are long stretches of sidewalk with overhanging trees that create nice vanishing points for a portrait background.  We made a series of captures using those backgrounds that are some of my favorites.

We headed back to the studio for a change of clothes.  Dalton sent me a few inspiration images prior to the session.  One of those was a brick wall with a superimposed portrait and a dramatically lit portrait merged together.  We found a large brick wall and isolated Dalton with our lighting.  We used an in-studio capture to add to the wall later in Photoshop.

Soccer Portraits in Studio

Dalton is wild about soccer.  I wanted to create a collection of images for him that spoke to his passion for soccer.  Back in the studio we set up a lighting scenario that would show off Dalton’s athletic build, and chisel his face against the background.  In Photoshop, we extracted those images and placed them into a montage.  Each individual portrait represents a different aspect of why soccer is important or how Dalton feels about soccer.

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Products and Packages

Once all of the images were complete, Dalton and his parents came to the studio for his ordering appointment.  Their primary takeaway was a large metal print of the soccer montage.  We also delivered a selection of Do It Yourself digital files and a handful of gift prints in sizes 8×10 and 5×7.  We offer a mix of digital files and printed products.  The digital files are for convenience but are not meant to last forever.  Who knows where technology will take us in the next 50 years.  Our printed products like the metal print Dalton purchased are archival printings meant to last for generations.  There is no substitute for a portrait hanging on your wall or an album on your coffee table.

About Our Senior Portraits

If you would like to see more senior pictures, visit our gallery page.  If you need more information or would like to book a senior portrait session, visit our information page on Senior Portraits.

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Old Mexico Style Wedding – Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill McKinney

The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill

The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill. was home to the beautiful January wedding of Caroline and Juan. The Springs is a popular wedding venue near McKinney, TX.  Juan’s Old Mexico Charro wedding tuxedo was a beautiful touch on this blend of Mexican and American families.

The Bride’s Coverage

We are a two photographer team, allowing us to capture a variety of perspectives on the wedding day.  We began our coverage with Caroline in the bridal suite.  She was completing her makeup and her bridesmaids were finishing their prep.  Once her final details were complete, we took advantage of the spacious bridal suite.  We used the window light to capture Caroline looking amazing.  The day was windy and cold so we worked inside for as long as possible.  We were able to brave the wind for a few moments for Caroline and her father to do a first-look.  We took advantage of the soft light to make a few family images there and we finished our bridal coverage with some fun images of the bridesmaids.  We did not get time ahead of the wedding day to create a formal bridal portrait, so we made quick work and created a handful of beautiful images of Caroline in her wedding dress alone.

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The Groom’s Coverage

As we detailed in our blog post about Juan’s Mexican Charro suit, we were so thrilled to photograph the groom.  His traditional Old Mexico Charro was an homage to his parents and grandparents who traveled to the US from Mexico for his wedding.  The groom’s suite at Tuscany Hill is small, but the window light is perfect.  A small tapestry hanging on the far wall made a perfectly textured background for the groom’s portraits.  From there we moved to an open shade balcony to photograph Juan and his groomsmen together, and then create a portrait of Juan.  I think this is one of my favorite portraits of a groom.  The charro was perfect for him.  The lighting was soft and from the side.  The texture of the wall at The Springs Event Center reminded me of an old pueblo house from New Mexico.  In the light, he looked like a movie character.  I finished the portrait with a grainy finish and a heavy texture to pay tribute to old cowboy portraits taken in the 1800s.  We wrapped up the groom’s coverage with a few portraits with family before the ceremony began.

Mexican Wedding Charro Suit Groom and Groomsmen

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The Ceremony and Portraits

The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill offers several ceremony spaces, but with the wind and cold outside, Caroline and Juan chose the indoor staircase for their site.  The grand doors offer a dramatic entry point for the bride and bridal party processional.  There are two levels accessible for the photographers and we took advantage to show an alternate perspective of the wedding.  Photographing a ceremony from above allowed a viewpoint that you don’t normally get at weddings.  Their ceremony was about 15 minutes long and included American and Mexican traditions.

The arras is a set of 13 gold coins, that are presented to the bride as a symbol of the groom’s trust in her. For Catholic couples, this tradition is incorporated into the wedding mass with an intricately decorated gold box or tray that the priest blesses at the beginning of the ceremony.

The lasso is really more of a string of flowers and rosary beads, usually, and is placed around the shoulders of the couple—first the bride, then the groom—after the wedding vows to form a figure eight as the priest or deacon blesses the couple’s marriage.

Upon completion of the wedding ceremony, we had only a few minutes of light outdoors.  We chose to break the formal photographs into two parts.  The bride’s family was photographed first.  Once we completed several combinations of family photos, we were able to make our way outside for about 5 minutes before the perfect light faded.  We came inside and completed the groom’s family photos.  Just before the cocktail hour ended we made one sunset capture in the back garden of Tuscany Hill.

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The Reception

Juan and Caroline’s wedding reception at The Springs Event Center featured a BBQ dinner, served buffet style.  Their reception highlights included the traditional first dance, followed by a dance with the bride’s father. Caroline threw her bouquet from the landing of the stairway.  Her maid of honor was there to catch it!  The men at the reception also performed the traditional “el muertito”.   During the reception, the groom is lifted over the shoulders of all the men, and then tossed several times into the air! Sometimes, his shoes are passed around the guests and they put money and gifts into the shoes.  Sometimes his clothes are even removed.  Juan was allowed to keep his shoes and clothes on!  The evening concluded with a sparkler exit out the main entrance of Tuscany Hill.

The Springs Event Center Wedding Tuscany Hill Photography

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Our Review of The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill

I always wish the architects or designers of wedding venues would call photographers before they build these venues.  There are so many things a photographer sees that regular people never think of.  The first consideration for a photograph is LIGHT.  What kind of light makes the most beautiful images and where can I access sit easily?  Of course, the most easily accessed light source is THE SUN.  But when you’re indoors, the sun only comes in where there is an opening in the building.  YOu need a window, a doorway, or a skylight.  One issue with Tuscany Hill, at least in terms of the way I photograph, is that there is only one tiny window in the bridal suite.  If they had made the windows in the bridal suite about 3 times as large, it would be perfect.  It is the right size, has a great layout, and has a beautiful mirror for the bride to admire herself in.  The lack of light in the room limits our image quality if you like “natural light” or means we have to bring in artificial light.  Although the groom’s suite had one nice set of windows, the room is a little bit small, but overall is better than most groom’s rooms at wedding venues.  What Tuscany HIll lacks in prep room windows, it makes up for in so many other areas.  The reception space is large, but not overwhelming.  For photography, it is the right size to provide depth in the background and allows us to maintain your wedding colors if you have uplighting.  The grounds of course and the venue exterior are of course spectacular and worth whatever fees they charge.  The backdrops for photos are endless, and in the right weather, there are hours and hours of photography possibilities.  The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill is one of our very favorite wedding venues in all of Dallas.

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