8/13/11: Lena & Blake’s Reception

To see larger pics from this sweet event visit: http://www.taylorlordphotography.com/blog/

Lena and Blake wanted a FUN reception. They expected August to be hot and planned accordingly (of course this summer has been hotter than usual, or expected).  275 guests arrived at EHHPG from the church ceremony around 7:30pm – when the sun goes down temps usually do drop.

Water/cold drink stations, along with chilled wash cloths and paper fans were setup; four portocoolers from RSVP were rented to supplement our fan inventory. Decor was kept fresh & light – white linens with rented buttercream napkins, log slices, mossy branches, and votive candles. A variety of our mason jars filled with bouquets and the bridal party’s bouquets by Rosetree Floral did double-duty at the church and as table centerpieces. Lois Ferguson provided day-of coordination. JD’s Coffee & Catering served from tents in the grass, they also baked & served the bride’s cake. Penguin Pete’s SnoCones were dished up from a red trailer parked in the grass.  FaceBooth provided photo fun for the guests. Steve Deramee Bartending served cold beer and wine at the bar.  Diamond Productions kept the guests dancing throughout the evening, including a  ‘Second Line’ number with white hankies led by Blake to honor his family’s Louisiana roots.

Lena and Blake’s goal of a FUN celebration was a success – smiles, much laughter and cheering will be my memory of their special evening.

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HOTPPG Shootout

The gardens are one of Waco’s few visual respites from our surrounding brown landscape this summer. Our garden work is being split to avoid the heat (6:30am-noon / 6pm-9pm, give or take), focused mostly on weeding, while watering as little as possible. Greg or I mow at a 4-4.5″setting, Greg weed-eats once a week. Greg & our part-time summer staff, Terrance, Jonathan & David have also added tons of (free City) mulch to flower beds and around the trees in order to conserve water and decrease soil temps. Hard, hot work performed by a competent, conscientious crew – thanks guys!

A few months back the Heart of Texas Professional Photographers Guild spent an evening on the property practicing their skills and competing in an annual local competition.  Although bridal portraits are frequently scheduled at EHHPG, we seldom are booked for other types of sessions, likely due to our $75/hr portrait fee, which is required to help pay the water bill ($4,750.11 for July), and maintenance  of the gardens. This week a disk of photos and the note below was delivered:

I wanted to take a few moments to thank Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens for hosting our annual professional photographer’s shootout. The property is a perfect place for us as it lends itself to elegant pictures in any genre, be wedding, high school senior, family or whatever. Our photographers are free to produce images that are both diverse and competition-level quality.

Greg keeps the grounds so immaculate it is hard to take a bad photo! You are both the consummate hosts. Attached are some photos our members took, feel free to use them in your blog and advertising.


Tom Sergent, President

Heart of Texas Professional Photographers Guild

Thank you Tom and HOTPPG members!

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