Jimena + Randy
Hidalgo Pumphouse Engagement | Hidalgo, Texas

Last month I attended my first wedding as a guest. Jimena and Randy were married after a few years of dating and I couldn't be more honored to have shared in their celebration. A few months after they became engaged, I photographed their engagement session back in the fall of 2015. I have known Jimena for quite a few years now so it has been really nice to see her as she entered college, photograph her as she graduated nursing school, and see her marry her soulmate. Congrats Randy! 

2015 ©  Marisol Izaguirre

2015 ©  Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

Hugs and congratulations to you both Jimena and Randy. I am delighted to have shared in your celebration of marriage as a guest and had an amazing time enjoying the wedding. Best wishes and all the blessings in the world for a long, healthy, and loving marriage. 

Elizabeth + Noel
Hidalgo Pumphouse Engagement | Hidalgo, Texas

I think I was 20 when I met Elizabeth. She was a few years younger than I and we had some mutual friends. I recall she was wearing bright red lipstick and rocking some winged black eyeliner. She, I later learned, wondered if my Louis Vuitton hand bag was a knock-off or authentic. We smiled and said hello after being introduced to each other and went about our separate ways. A few weeks later, our mutual friend suggested I help Elizabeth with some runway walking and communication skills for an upcoming pageant she'd be participating in. It was only suggested I help because I had previous experience and while I hesitated at first, I thankfully agreed because our late night walking in heels session turned into a long and lovely friendship. 

It should be noted that, yes, my LV handbag was authentic, and, more importantly, that Elizabeth went on to win that and many, many more pageants. Our friendship also blossomed. The two of us are very different from one another. I am timid and quiet. Elizabeth draws the attention of those around her naturally. We made an unique blend of personalities for a unique friendship. As we grew older and stepped into new seasons of our lives, the underlying basis of our friendship never ended. Elizabeth has traveled the world, gained many awards and recognitions, and still she always came back, remembered me and made time for tacos!

Anyway, Elizabeth became engaged to her longtime boyfriend a while back and when she called me last year to say she finally had a wedding date, I was both elated and disappointed. She was calling to let me know of her upcoming nuptials date and I was on the other line excited and bummed that I'd have to miss the wedding because I was pregnant. Ha! I would be nine months pregnant and two weeks away from my due date on her wedding date. There was no way I'd be able to fly to her beloved island of Puerto Rico for the celebration. But aside from missing the big day, I was able to be a bridesmaid in theory and share in the celebration by creating some beautiful engagement photographs for them. As a prized pageant winner, previous model, and current television weather anchor, I was honored and humbled that Elizabeth would grant me the honor of taking her and Noel's engagement portraits. 

Lizzie, thank you my dear friend! You an Noel (Ibra) make a beautiful couple and I can't wait to see you both flourish in the next season of your lives together.  

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

2015 © Marisol Izaguirre

Elizabeth and Noel have since married and should be celebrating their one month wedding anniversary today. I am terribly sad that I was unable to attend the wedding but I am incredibly happy that one of my best friends has joined the Mrs. club and married the man of her dreams. Congratulations Elizabeth and Noel, all the blessings in the world for you! 

Happy Tuesday friends!

Cynthia
Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Bridal Session | Hidalgo, Texas

Cynthia scheduled her bridal session back in March and I had to wait until after the first weekend in June to share her images. While they have been officially wed for just a little under three months, I am finally catching up on my blogging. Thus, I am finally ready to share some of my favorites from her bridal session. Cynthia in her bridal gown was simply breathtaking. She is so quite and somewhat timid to the untrained eye. Once you get the conversation flowing, she loves to laugh and giggle while flashing her beautiful smile. After having met Cynthia over a year and a half before the wedding date, seeing her in the lovely wedding gown she meticulously chose was very much exciting for me as I am sure for her family. 

We spent a lovely afternoon in March exploring the lovely Old Hidalgo Pumphouse in Hidalgo, Texas. Capturing Cynthia in her bridal glow, the pump house provided a simple and lovely backdrop to the beautiful bride. Cynthia you are beautiful!

Cynthia made a beautiful bride. It was a pleasure spending the evening with Cynthia and her parents as we discussed the emotions of the entire family leading up to the wedding. Favorites from the wedding day will hit the blog soon!

Have a great day friends!

Bridals.

Bridal sessions are definitely a southern tradition. I love the planning and effort that goes into putting a bridal session together. My brides get a first look at what their complete wedding look and we get to enjoy a morning or afternoon of peaceful smiling and lots of girly giggles. Moms usually tag a long and I get to photograph a beautiful woman so eager to wear her dream dress in anticipation of her beloved wedding day. Gosh, the perks of being a girl!

The worst part, however, is the wait - no matter how long or short - before I am able to share with the world some of those bridal gorgeousness. Ahhh!

As I dive into my 2014 wedding season, bridal sessions are quickly filling up my calendar as these late spring, summer and fall weddings draw a little closer. That means a lot of prettiness that I have to wait to share with you. Case in point, one of my June bride in her beautiful bridal attire. So since I can't quite share those with you yet… here's a photo of a branch. The branch was right by my bride but we can't let the groom see yet!

2014 © Marisol Izaguirre

2014 © Marisol Izaguirre

Happy First Day of Spring!!