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Marley & Trace // Houston, TX Wedding

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Daniel Colvin
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Okay, so here's the deal.  I'm kind of a weird dude, and probably far too rebellious for my own good, at least when it comes to maintaining clean-cut seriousness in the wedding world.  I'm not an expert on current wedding trends, I barely know what forks are for what in a multi course meal, and most of my photographic inspiration comes from outside of the industry entirely, whether it's fashion or adventure travel and photojournalism from 50 years ago.  

The core of everything I do is a hope to understand people and share their stories in a genuine way, not simply take 'pretty wedding photos'.  In some ways I think that may hurt me in the business, but I honestly couldn't have it any other way.  Every once in a while I'll meet a couple who just 'gets it': who know that they want something different, but above all just want to be themselves, not pressured to rehash someone else's day but instead falling completely into the moment with each other and their friends.  

Marley and Trace were that couple.  We got to know each other for the first time over beers, talking about everything from their history to antics with friends and their skateboarding exploits.  That can't be understated - Trace and basically all of his friends are legitimately killer skaters ( after looking through the blog, you'll recognize several faces in Houston skate videos like this one ).  Marley is beyond sweet, Trace is hilarious and they're both just refreshingly real together.  

But as awesome as they were to hang with, you can also tell a lot about a couple by the friends that keep them close.  This was not only one of the most chill and genuine bridal parties I've worked with, but also one of the most dedicated to supporting them.  People did whatever they could to make this wedding - one friend had been in an accident and was stuck at the hospital hooked up to an IV, but he ripped it out and came anyway.  That really says something, both about their community and their character.

All in all, this wedding was a total blast.  Marley and Trace are goofballs that know how to party hard, but they're also just top notch people with a heartfelt love for each other and the people around them.  I count it a privilege to have been a part of this with them, and am stoked to share some of our documented escapades.



Venues and Photo Locations:  Magnolia Hotel // Nouveau Antique Art Bar // Downtown building which shall remain unnamed due to our low key B&E for hangout with groomsmen // Midtown street art, namely 'Preservons La Creation' (Let's Preserve the Creation) by French street artist Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau

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