House on the Hill hosted Jean & Nick’s wedding and the circus that followed. And trust me, I mean circus in the most positive way possible.

You may recognize Nick and Jean from their aerial silk engagement session in Austin. One of their photos was also given the honor of being one of the World’s Best Engagement Photos for 2017 by Junebug Weddings.

The day started like all other wedding celebrations, exchanging vows in front of family and friends at Austin’s House on the Hill wedding venue. The ring bearer, Mr. President was also present to deliver the rings custom made by Christopher Taylor Timberlake. After the ceremony, the courtyard was transformed into a aerial performance stage with the help of friends and the other members of the Ascent Aerial Productions team. After a quick practice run, guests returned to the newly transformed space and drank and watched in amazement. For the next hour, they were wow’d by the troop performing in the aerial silks and the lyra.

After Nick and Jean completed their solo performances, they started their “first dance” in the air. In the middle of the routine, Nick jumped down, grabbed a guitar and laid down a guitar solo over the backing track.

Needless to say, jaws had to be picked up off the ground.

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  • StephanieMay 17, 2017 - 7:22 pm

    DAMN! This is a badass wedding!!ReplyCancel

A hipster indie album cover engagement session is what we’re calling this, and for good reason. When Jordanna initially wrote me an email she said, “Ron…your photos are beautiful, natural, and dare I say slightly hipster.”

After some back and forth email exchanges we finally got to talk on the phone. Keith & Jordanna said they wanted to go for a hipster indie album cover vibe for their engagement session. I was 100,000% on board with what they wanted and we set a date. The weather this weekend was beyond perfect. It was warm and not humid. The skies were partly cloudy and a little hazy and that played right into what I wanted to capture.

While Keith & Jordanna totally killed this session, it was the lighting that took it to the next level.  You just can’t Photoshop in the quality of light we got to experience.

Now…I really need to warn you as to just how cute these two are together. It was a constant stream of laughter and smiles and Jordanna & Keith even had to take a brief break because their cheeks hurt so much.

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I’m really excited, honored and humbled to find a photo of mine among Junebug’s top 50 engagement photos in the world for 2017.

I’m still in shock to see my work sandwiched between people I look up to and chosen by photographers who inspire me.

Many thanks to Jean & Nick for allowing me to do something different, special and personal when it came to their engagement session.

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The word elopement was once used to describe weddings held in haste and in secret. Years ago when you heard of a couple eloping, it usually meant they quickly packed a bag, hopped a plane to Vegas and exchanged vows at the Little White Chapel without anyone knowing. However, times have changed and the word elopement has also evolved.

Weddings are awesome. But…sometimes they come with headaches, hassle and a huge price tag. I see more and more couples decide to elope, via a small ceremony of family and friends and have a massive party at a later time. These days, an elopement doesn’t mean that a couple is trying to hide a marriage. Couples now just want to make their budget stretch as far as they can.

Molly & Cody call Jackson, Mississippi home but have family roots here in Houston. In lieu of the logistical headache of a destination wedding and flying family all over the place, they opted to elope at the Historic 1910 Harris County Courthouse. They’re planning on throwing a massive party for family and friends in Jackson later this summer. After the ceremony, we found a mailbox where Molly & Cody could mail out their reception invitations, allowing their envelopes to be postmarked with their wedding date.

Molly told me in an email that they were all about going off the beaten path. She told me they loved industrial and urban locations that were unique. After a stop at the mailbox we hit some abandoned warehouses in Houston for photos. The humidity was almost 100%, so we took a break and headed to the Honeymoon Cafe (so fitting!) for lates, Topo Chicos and French Fries.

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  • Stephanie R.May 5, 2017 - 7:10 pm

    Always beautiful work. Loved going through these, so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Being a Houston wedding photographer means I get to work a lot of really amazing people. Houston is a massive melting pot and my path crosses with really special people from all over. Two such people are Nathan & Sarah. I originally started exchanging emails with Sarah in December of 2015. Over the past 16 months I’ve really gotten to know Sarah & Nathan. They’re extremely down to Earth and are the epitome of “what you see is what you get.”

I also loved working with Nathan because he is the first groom in 9 years of shooting weddings who’s taller than me.

Sarah and Nathan first met in college. Sarah tells it best:

The chemistry between Nate and I started, where else, but in Mines freshman Chemistry Lab (so cheesy, I know). It was a match made in heaven. I could make fun of Nate for being horrible at Chemistry, and he could steal my lab reports at 10PM the night before they were due. But if you ask him, he still insists he helped me pass that class.

Nathan & Sarah eventually both found themselves in Houston and started dating.

Only a few weeks after we had begun dating Nate had to take a month long trip to Norway for work. What could have been disastrous for a new relationship I look back on very fondly. There was a 7 hour time difference between Houston and Norway so about the time he was off work I was ready to take a lunch break. We spent hours on Facetime together as he explored the city pointing out sites. Nate would send me emails of pictures so I could see them and talk to him about what he’d done that day. I’ve always been desperate to travel and he was kind enough to let me travel through him. I started to really see a side of Nate that was thoughtful, kind-hearted and (dare I say for a big tough guy) romantic.

Just over a year and a half later Nate was asked to go to Norway for a month again, but this time he bought me a ticket to come join him at the end of the month and we would kick off a two week vacation through Norway, Croatia and Barcelona.

The couple went out for a 12 course dinner and then a walk.

Nate and I started walking back around the harbor towards the historical buildings. As we neared the World Heritage Site, Nate said something along the lines of “Sarah… I’ve been thinking, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

The rest is, as we say, history…and here’s Nathan & Sarah’s wedding story.

I’d like to give all the wedding vendors a huge shout out, especially Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse who served the best catered meal I’ve ever had at a wedding.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception venue: The Gallery Houston
Wedding Coordinator:
Gypsy Blooms
Wedding Cake: Mrs. Weber Bakes
Makeup: Blushworthy
Floral: Gypsy Blooms
Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery
Linens: Any Occasion Party Rental
Bar Services: Café Natalie
Catering: Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse
DJ & Lighting: LG Entertainment
Houston Wedding Photographer: Ron Dillon Photography

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  • Sarah BravoMay 4, 2017 - 3:23 am

    The picture of Sarah with the sun setting behind her- heavenly. Beautiful job.ReplyCancel

There’s nothing more badass and rock ‘n roll than a tattoo shop engagement session. I love this tattoo session even more because this is real-life for Scott & Michelle. Sure, a tattoo shop can be an awesome engagement photo location, but Michelle & Scott spend quite a bit of time in their favorite Houston tattoo shop. Since first dating, Scott & Michelle have been long distance from each other.They spend their weekends together, finishing their tattoos and playing music.Tattoo shop engagement session

Michelle & Scott even got a matching tattoo in the same spot, so their tattoos intersect while they hold hands when they walk.

We started the engagement photos with Michelle’s session with InkMaster‘s Nate Beavers to start her second Dutch tattoo sleeve. Afterwards we hung out, talked and Scott serenaded Michelle like he did on their first date.

Michelle wanted to recreate one of her favorite photos of them during the session. When they first started dating they took a surprise weekend trip to Chicago. Michelle surprised Scott with a stay at the Hard Rock hotel. There guests can checkout guitars, like library books, and play them in their hotel rooms. During the impromptu afternoon jam session Michelle snapped this selfie and it quickly became one of their favorite photos.

I can’t wait for Michelle & Scott’s wedding this July!

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When I am out with a couple for an engagement session I like to keep it super simple. We go for a walk, and see what happens. Through the process of walking we occasionally discover amazing locations for the engagement photos. Other times I discover new and interesting facts about who I’m photographing. Most of the time, when we go for a walk, I get to capture something raw and pure; two people in love, sharing a moment.

Whether I ask questions like “Have you guys seen any good movies lately?” or “What are you most looking forward to at the wedding?” I’m asking these questions to evoke responses which lead to moments which lead to genuine photographs.

This was the case with Jerry & Jessica’s country engagement session. We spent a few hours together on their friend’s ranch. While hanging out with the longhorns, we talked about space. Jerry has an incredible job with NASA working at the NBL just outside Houston. He was actually kind enough to get me a pool-deck tour where I got to meet an astronaut and watch her practice a spacewalk she’ll be making during her stay on the International Space Station. Needless to say, this Space Camp alum had an experience of a lifetime.

For Jessica & Jerry’s country engagement session we headed out to a family ranch, just outside Houston.

I can’t wait to tell the wedding story of these two extremely genuine and down-to-Earth (no pun intended) couple.

 

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The Gallery in Houston, TX is a wedding venue I find myself at quite often. It was Kassandra & Drew’s venue of choice too. Kassandra wanted to do 3 first looks and they all turned out equally amazing. First, a first look with her bridesmaids as none of them saw her dress. Then a first look with her father and finally, a first look with Drew. Drew gifted his groomsmen some of the most amazing groomsmen gifts I’ve ever seen; bobbleheads.

Drew & Kassandra had only one request when it came their their wedding photos and that was to keep it as candid as possible. Using a real photojournalistic approach, I let the day unfold with very little input from myself. What you see below is a very accurate representation of how their wedding day unfolded.

I also want to give a vendor shout out to Jacob with DJ Dave Productions. He was one of the best DJ’s I’ve worked with here in Houston and would suggest him without hesitation for your event.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception venue: The Gallery Houston
Wedding Coordinator:
Lean On Me Events // Shelby
Wedding Cake: Buttercup Bakery
Floral: The Bloom Room
Bar Services: Café Natalie

Catering: Hometown Chef
DJ: DJ Dave Productions
Hair & Makeup: Adorne Artistry
Officiant: We Do I Do’s

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