Puppy Love | The August Break

4 Aug

puppy love diana vintage camera dog photographour dog Midge

our dog Lincoln









I’m using today’s August Break photo post to share our sweet rescue pups‘ faces with you, and to tell the Central Texans and Austinites among you how to find your own new furry friend this hot August weekend!


Vintage Diana Airstream | The August Break

3 Aug

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Thinking of Skipping the Video? Read This First

27 Jul

Yes, photos are fabulous, but video captures things that photos cannot — like your father’s speech, your first dance song, and your maid of honour’s toast.wedding videography

Love this article on the Knot: Thinking of Skipping the Video? Read This First

Nostalgia Film on The Boho Wedding Blog

19 Jul

I love Kelly’s blog, The Boho Wedding Blog, a whole lot as I think she has fantastic taste and insight and is really nice person to boot. We were lucky enough to be featured there recently:

Saturday Cinema Texas wedding videography

Nostalgia Film on Style Me Pretty Texas

18 Jul

The wonderful couple’s wedding we shot on Super 8 film in the spring and featured on our blog, is featured on Style Me Pretty Texas today! We are so thrilled to be featured alongside the super-talented Nichols on one of my most favorite wedding blogs!

nostalgia film on style me pretty

style me pretty nostalgia film feature

Whimsical, DIY Wedding Inspiration for Creative Couples

5 Jul

We absolutely love working with creative-minded couples on their wedding films, and we think Super 8 film is the perfect complement to a whimsical, DIY wedding full of handmade, personal touches. In that spirit, I wanted to share our DIY projects from our wedding last year with you here:

I custom made the ringbearer pillow with this fantastic papel picado print I found at Vista Latina. The rings attached for show I’d even made in silversmithing class!

I also made the boutonnieres, as you can see above, for the groom, all of the groomsmen, our ringbearer, and the man of honor. The coordinating papel picado/Dia de Los Muertos ties are from Cyberoptix.

I also made the flower girl’s basket (and hair clip, not pictured here).

With the help of lady pals over coffee the morning of the wedding, I made this bouquet. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! We trimmed the flower budget by buying in bulk from Costco online. Which brings us to our centerpieces…

We hand painted mason jars with aqua vitreous paint, then baked them, and added coordinating ribbons. Then just set a colorful, European-style pre-made bouquet into each one.

You can sort of see in the background the card box I made. I found the base at Hobby Lobby and painted it a coordinating aqua. I handlettered “Cards” and added the same papel picado print as above. Also on top…

…were little skulls I handmade from clay. They kind of look a bit like us…

Above are some signs Michael made for our wedding.

As always, feel free to contact us for creative wedding advice or to grab a cup of coffee and talk about how to perfectly capture your wedding day on Super 8 film or video.

All of the photos are by Heather Curiel Weddings.

Originally published on the Craft Love Blog.

Thursday Therapy Austin

1 Jul

Some of you may have already heard me buzz about Thursday Therapy–a networking event for wedding professionals that’s just started up in Austin.

Thursday Therapy Austin

Kelly Rucker Photography

It’s a great opportunity to meet, share knowledge and tips, and relax and have fun! We got to go to the inaugural event in June at La Sombra Bar & Grill, and had a wonderful time meeting a lot of new talented people in the industry and left feeling invigorated and with lots of new professional recommendations to share with our brides and grooms. Thanks to the gals from Sweet Pea Events partnered with Kelly Rucker Photography and  Doodle Dog Advertising who made it happen!

Thursday Therapy Austin

Kelly Rucker Photography

Save the Dates for the next Thursday Therapy:

Thursday,  July 14th from 6-9 pm at Hugo’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar | RSVP here!

Thursday,  August 18th from 6-9 pm TBD

Come meet us at The Modern Bridal Expo!

16 Jun

Save the date!

bridal show austin wedding videography

June 26, 2011
12:30 PM – 4 PM Bridal Show
3:30 PM Fashion Show

Twin Creeks Country Club
3201 Twin Creeks Dr.
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Get more info here.

And I created a FaceBook event.

Hope to see you there!

Shanna & Michael

So You’re Engaged! (Yay!) Now What?

14 Jun
Wedding Expo Austin Wedding Plannin

Wedding expo aftermath... requires wine! And that stress ball will come in handy!

I recently made a new, engaged friend. She’s a friend of a good friend, and we began chatting about wedding planning. I realized a blog post about getting the wedding ball rolling might be helpful to the recently engaged gals (and guys) out there. Getting started on all of it is the hardest part.

The Date?

As soon as you announce you’re engaged, within days (if not minutes!) people start asking if you’ve picked a date. It will sort of drive you nuts. Well, if you’re anything like me. Because you can’t pick a date until you have a venue on lock-down, and I think that may be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. Finding the venue means starting to think about the budget, how much you can allocate to the venue, and what parts of your budget will come from where… not to mention where you’ll have the wedding if families are scattered about.

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Mayfield Park

Politely say you’ll let them know as soon as you do, or if you have a season or time of the year picked, throw that out there. Most couples usually chose a date 11-12 months out, but some superstars can pull a wedding together in much shorter or wait longer for various reasons including having more time to save up and plan.

Friends and family mean well and just wish the best for you and are making conversation, but it can be frustrating when everything feels so overwhelming.

Take a week or two (or three or four) to just enjoy being engaged!


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House on the Hill

Since you don’t really have a date until you have a venue, this is the first thing on a newly engaged couple’s plate. It will also be a large part of your budget.

To get ideas going, ask friends and acquaintances for ideas. Ask everyone. Think outside the box. Places that don’t seem like traditional wedding venues may just work for a wedding. Event spaces, art & music spaces, parks, large cabins, bed & breakfasts, private, family land, etc. But do remember that basic things are necessities – bathrooms, parking, some shade/weather structure, tables and chairs, so realize that if they don’t exist at your venue, you’ll be renting them.

We had fallen in love with a local park, Mayfield Park, and did our engagement photos there. To book it, the city lets you roll your dice in a lotto. If you’re much more patient and the gambling kind than me, this is an awesome way to go, because the city parks are beautiful and much more affordable, though again, you may need your own rentals for things.

Additionally, venues that let you choose your own vendors will offer you a lot more flexibility in who you can hire. Make sure you read the fine print.

House on the Hill Ceremony Site Austin

House on the Hill

Also, getting married on a Thursday or Friday or Sunday can save you thousands! Seriously. While everyone wants the Saturday evening wedding, it might be worth considering a Sunday brunch, if you’ll then have a couple extra thousand in your pocket for your honeymoon or house downpayment or whatever.

How do you stay Organized?

Mayfield Park Wedding Austin Videographer

Mayfield Park

My new friend asked me this, and I giggled because I felt of no use since I struggle with organization every day (and am slowly tackling it!) She’d seen a lot of those pricey binders out there and wondered if they were worth it. Honestly, I used scratch paper to make tons and tons of lists and a manila folder. But just think of how you organize anything in you life, and make a system that works for you, then keep it somewhere handy.

Two FREE tools that were so super-helpful right off the bat were:

The Knot Wedding Checklist

The Knot Wedding Budgeter

There are a lot of other tools on the Knot that can help, too.

I mentioned some books that I loved in my other post, Wedding Advice from a Recent DIY Bride. I lucked into a recent bride’s awesome stash of books, but the wedding section at the local Half Price Books was a big help, too!

Hopefully that helps a bit in getting the ball rolling.

As always, if you need help planning your wedding or any ideas, or wedding film cinematography or videography, custom wedding party jewelry and accessories, or vendor recommendations, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Fun Wedding Film Intro: Reservoir Dogs

9 Jun

We lucked out getting to shoot Matt & Liisa’s wedding! They were a perfect match for Nostalgia Film with their creative and fun-loving spirit, and that allowed us to get some really special Super 8  film. While the groom and his groomsmen were doing their photography shoot with the uber-talented Nichols, the groom caught my eye, and asked what I thought about getting a little footage inspired by Reservoir Dogs.

I am a Quentin Tarantino fan–I must have watched an analyzed Pulp Fiction 800 times for one course during film school–so I jumped at the chance! It was one of those spontaneous moments that you couldn’t plan if you tried, and I love the results. When Mike was finishing up editing their full-length film, we just couldn’t let this film sit unfeatured. So we gathered my film and his HD video, and put together the following, after lovingly watching the Reservoir Dogs many times!We added it to the intro of their DVD to surprise the groom.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

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