Pull up a chair….

December 27th, 2010  |  Posted in personal, vendor spotlight

Yes, I do realize this table is set for Thanksgiving and we’re already well into December. But, everything about this photo speaks to me and I wanted to share.    This setting invites me in and makes me want to stay for a long time.  Can’t you just imagine the food, laughter and storytelling?  I hope during this time of celebration and reflection you find yourself surrounded by all the things that make you want to “sit and stay awhile.”

Thanks to the incredibly talented Viridian Design Studio for showing us once again the power of good design.  Delicious chocolates by Delysia.

Spotlight :: Floral Elegance, San Antonio florist

July 15th, 2010  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

Back in January we had the pleasure of working with the Floral Elegance team for Katrice and Michael’s San Antonio wedding.  You can see their lovely creations here and here.    We recently popped into their studio for a visit and wanted to share some of their loveliness with you.

I really like their logo and love how it translated into the floor design. Yes those are my fun yellow shoes! Yayness!

Floral Elegance
434 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 2106
San Antonio, TX

The Plant at Kyle :: Texas Hill Country Wedding Venue

July 9th, 2010  |  Posted in vendor spotlight, weddings

We had the great fortune of spending the day at The Plant in Kyle, TX for a photoshoot. This is not your typical Hill Country ranch house! The award-winning architectural wonder located on 17 hill-country acres is a unique option for an intimate wedding, a corporate executive retreat or a weekend get-a-way.  I encourage you to visit their website to learn about the unique history of this building.  Can you believe it started as a humble cement plant?

It rained the entire day we were there, but I was able to catch a few outdoor shots just as we were leaving. You can see more of the images from our (indoor!) photoshoot at Elizabeth Anne Designs. Enjoy!

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle
Kyle, Texas
For reservations, rates & current availability visit their vacation rental management website.
For inquiries other than those relating to reservations, email info@theplantatkyle.com or call Mark Holzbach, 512-689-6777.

Disclosure: The Plant at Kyle generously donated the use of their facility for our photoshoot.

Spotlight :: Delysia Chocolatier

October 28th, 2009  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

I recently had the privilege of combining two of my loves, photography and chocolate. Last week I got to spend some time in the kitchen with the lovely and talented Nicole, owner and chief chocolate maker at Delysia Chocolatier.

Nicole says it all on the Delysia website:
Every occasion and every day should be exceptional. Whether it is a girls’ day out, a family gathering or your big moment, there is always a reason for chocolate. It is not just about the chocolate. It is about the way you feel, how you bring friends and family together, and the memories you create.

I couldn’t agree more! Nicole’s gorgeous handmade truffles are simply divine. A box of Delysia chocolates would make the perfect wedding favor, holiday gift or special treat for your favorite photographer. Place your holiday orders now!!

I’ll have a lot more to share with you in the near future. Until then, here’s a little tease.

You won’t find any mass production at Delysia. Every truffle is handmade by Nicole.

Custom designed chocolates. Yum! Yum!

A beautiful box of goodness.


Featured on the A Regal Affair blog

October 14th, 2009  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

When I first met Jennifer Jasiczek with A Regal Affair I knew (hoped!) it would be the beginning of a long friendship. Not only does Jennifer produce stunning events, from intimate destination weddings to spectacular over-the-top Texas affairs, but she is just plain funny and fun to be around. I was thrilled when she asked to feature us on her blog. Thanks Jen!

Texas Wedding Photography – Wendi Poole

Today’s Texas Wedding Photographer feature is of Wendi Poole of Thompson Poole Photography. The talent in Texas is amazing. Wendi considers Austin and San Antonio her wedding home base, but recently has expanded into the Houston market. Be sure and visit the Thompson Poole website and blog

You can reach Thompson Poole by calling
Denise Cornell, Owner / Client Relations 512.484.1523
Wendi Poole, Owner / Photographer
Follow them on twitter:
@thompsonpoole (Denise)
@wendipoole (Wendi)
Email: denise {at} thompsonpoole {dot} com

I love your company name, Thompson Poole, how did it come to be?
Thompson is my maiden name and Poole is my married name.

I know this is cliche, but how would you describe your style?
Storytelling. I am a working photojournalist and I photograph weddings like I do any other editorial assignment; I tell the story of the event.

What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Meeting people and watching families come together. I love knowing that the photos I take have meaning and will be cherished and shared for generations to come.

How many people shoot for Thompson Poole?
I am always the lead photographer. We also have a pool of working photojournalists that we use as second shooters.

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
Wedding coverage starts at $4500

Favorite part of the wedding day?
Oh, this is hard. I love it when the bride and groom first see each other. I also like it when the couple leaves the reception and everyone is saying goodbye. And, Dad’s first dance with the bride is always awesome; the way he looks at his daughter is priceless. I could go on and on.

Greatest length to get the perfect shot?
I’ve been in cherry pickers, waist deep in water and even in the operating room for an open heart surgery — but not at weddings! For weddings I’ll climb, crawl and squeeze into weird places to get that perfect shot…but usually without anyone, especially the bride and groom, seeing or hearing a thing. I love it when a bride declares, ‘How did you get that shot? I didn’t even know you were there!’

Anything else we should know about Thompson Poole?
I like sweets and baked goods and if you get me talking about food you might regret it.
Jennifer says: I hear you are quite the baker, I accept baked goods any day of the week.

Childhood Ambition?
I grew up in Pensacola, FL, home of the amazing Blue Angels. So first I wanted to be a Navy pilot then an astronaut, but getting eye glasses in high school dashed any hopes of being a military pilot. I then turned my focus to journalism and soon learned that I write like I talk — ramble, ramble, using a thousand words to describe a moment that could have been captured in just a few. At the urging of my photographer father I picked up a camera and discovered I could capture those same moments in a heartbeat — in my pictures. I knew immediately I had found my calling and off to Photojournalism school I went. As they say, the rest is history.

Dream Vacation? I love to travel and explore new places. Some of my top destinations are: England, repeat my honeymoon trip to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas.

Favorite animal at the zoo? I LOVE Penguins!

Can’t live without? God, candy, my Husband

Hidden talent? I am a mean pinball player. I bet I could take on Tommy.

Best compliment ever received? This note to one of our brides from her brother made me blush. “THOSE ARE THE BEST WEDDING PICTURES I’VE EVER SEEN!!!! Do you know if Thompson Poole has a time machine so I can have them do my wedding five years ago???”

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be? Let’s see, a doctor, a pilot, a pastry chef. I think that covers it for this week. Check back next week for an update.

Describe your perfect day? Any day I can smile when I wake up and when I go to sleep. It also helps if chocolate and cake are involved.

Contact A Regal Affair for your wedding and event planning needs.
Jennifer Jasiczek
boutique {at} regalaffair {dot} com