Entries in events by shelbi rene (4)


jeanie + matt | possum kingdom wedding | dallas wedding photographer

WOW! Jeanie and Matt's day was so beautiful--in so many planned and even unexpected ways :). It must be told that recently Mother Nature has had plans of her own for the Possum Kingdom Lake area. That part of Texas was hit especially hard by the drought this year, lowering the beautiful lake and causing quite a few unfriendly wildfires. Incredibly enough, on Jeanie and Matt's day the skys opened and inches upon inches of rain appeared making for some creative logistics and photo taking. As a vendor/guest, it was really beautiful seeing all friends and family so positive in spirit and joy surrounding the couple, despite the rain.

With their smiles and great attitudes, Jeanie and Matt pulled everything off with ease (oh, and with a little help too from my good friend Shelbi, who coordinated everything). Their wedding had tons of greatness in the details, ranging from from giant pumpkins and spectacular flowers(!!), to delicious cake, not to mention all the dear family and friends helping to celebrate the festivities and their awesome venue (The Harbor at Possum Kingdom Lake).

Thanks for asking us to photograph such a sweet day :D. Hope you enjoy!


fishing rehearsal | stylized dress rehearsal | dallas wedding photographer

Oh I'm so excited to share this stylized shoot with you all! When I showed up to photograph this mock dress rehearsal, I was THRILLED about all this eye candy! I'll let Shelbi and Chandra share with you the details and inspiration of how this came about:

We began the styling of this photo shoot with a Pearl Harbor theme in mind and gravitated towards an upscale rustic rehearsal dinner. We wanted to incorporate 1940's fashion with a modern flare and incorporate that design into the tablescape, decor and invitation/sign design as well. The use of a fishing net, boat, poles and anchor helped to set the scene for a romantic dinner by the water. At the same time, we used a crisp white tablecloth and natural colors to create a simple and modern setting as well as hints of gold and silver to add a touch of opulence to an otherwise outdoor setting.
In keeping with the 1940's theme we used typefaces with vintage flair and spiced them up with a unique color pallets. The pop of bright gold was used in the invitation and the signs to unify the event but also to make it stand out. I found the succulents at Calloway's for $5 a piece in plastic pots and wrapped the pots in rope from Walmart to better fit with the design of the table. These were so easy and inexpensive to make but added such personality to the place settings! I included a step-by-step photo tutorial to show how I wrapped the pots. The hanging clear bottles were empty cream soda bottles used as vases for bunches of baby's breath.

The benches around the table were handmade by my husband who used stumps as support for two old boards. We also used slices of tree stumps to create a chalkboard menu, direction signs and coasters for the table.

I looked everywhere for the perfect fishing net and found one in the most unexpected place! As my husband was gathering wood for to make the benches he discovered a large net lying in the field behind my aunt and uncle's house. In the midst of creating a fort, we have speculated that one of my cousins somehow acquired and later abandoned a batting cage net and thus we found our centerpiece!


Event Design: Shelbi Rampy of Events by Shelbi Rene
Paper Products, Custom signs, and Styling: Three by The Quill Pen
Photography: Erin Woolsey of EE Photography
Dessert Design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee
Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew
A special thanks to Preston Rampy for cutting all the wood for our photo shoot. Also thank you to our models: Daniel Bynum, Ashton Lloyd, Preston Rampy, Morgan Watten, Kevin and Katy McKinney and the puppies, Patti and Selma.

Clothing vendors:
- Curved Road Shades in Dark Grey
Urban Outfitters:
- Woman's High Waist Navy Shorts
- Urban Renewal Vintage Menswear Suit Vest (actual vintage vests so they change with each store)
And now DIY time for those adorable place holders!
Materials needed:
Succulent plant in plastic pot
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Hot glue the rope around plastic pot starting at the top and making your way toward the base (see figures 1 and 2). It is easier to keep the plant inside the pot as it helps the pot maintain its shape. Be sure to push each layer of rope as close as possible to the preceding layer. Glue one layer at a time rather than trying to glue the entire pot at once. When you have finished wrapping cut off the excess rope.



bow ties and ruffled featured | etsy | blog featured

Oh such happy news!
First off, a while back we did a spectacular Thanksgiving fun shoot with the ladies over at Events by Shelbi Rene and Three by the Quill Pen, and today their amazing little DIY S'More Wedding Favors is being featured!!! 
And second, I've recently taken up sewing a couple bow ties on my day off :D. At first it was to avoid paying $65 for a bow tie for our Umbrella fun shoot back in February. Then I realized they look pretty good! We opened a modest Etsy store called, Nerds of a Feather, and wa-la! Adorable cotton bow ties for sale. 

With that said, there are some new ones in the little store! Thanks to Brad for being my model :)


fall wedding | happy thanksgiving!!

oh la la! Yippie :D

Prepare yourself for amazing eye candy! And it's all thanks to the amazing vendors :D.  I asked Shelbi to share with us her thoughts that went into creating this masterful event. Below are her words describing the affair!


From the very beginning we knew we wanted to create an outdoor atmosphere amidst a pure autumn setting. Due to the cooperation of God’s creation, we succeeded in having a backdrop perfect for our vision.  We wanted this photo shoot to reflect the colors of the season with a romantic flare so we veered toward neutrals with a few pops of red, purple, orange, green, and yellow. 

In addition to elegant furniture and silver candlesticks, we created a juxtaposition of design by incorporating as many natural elements as possible (including walnuts, bird seed, sticks, and leaves).  And when more leaves began to fall on our table, we just left them there!  The setting was meant to accommodate everyone from cowboys to kings.

We used personal Pumpkin Bundt Cakes place card holders (and dessert of course!).

Drink table:

You have heard of adding cucumber or lemons to water to add a slight touch of taste.  Well, for the fall season we added pomegranate and oranges for a more unique combination that will more likely match your color scheme.  The cranberries can be frozen and added to water or punch as a replacement for ice.

Bride + Groom:

For the brides bouquet we used a lantern with a pumpkin candle that matched the grooms tie and boutonnière.  Each are also wearing boots since the theme was rustic. 

Reception/S'more Making (DIY s'more below):

The S'mores favor bags include two graham crackers, a chocolate square, and a marshmallow for guests to make more S'mores at home or at the reception! (Hence the label on the bag which says "S'more Love!") 



DIY S'more Sticks:

The Smore’s sticks were made by my husband in three simple steps.  If you feel comfortable with a drill and a handheld saw, then this DIY is for you.  I'm going to post pics of the DIY later this week! Here's how to make them:

Supplies needed:

Wood Saw

Drill with a 1/8" drill bit


Tree branch (1.5" - 2" in diameter)

1/8" Round stainless steel rod



1. Each S'more stick needs a 2 ft. stainless steel rod.  Your local hardware store can cut the rod to length you need.

2. Use a wood saw to cut down your branch (1.5" - 2" in diameter to prevent the wood from splitting). 

3. Cut branch to about 2 ft.  Be sure to trim both ends. 

4. Drill a hole in the top of the branch.

5. Place the steel into the primed hole.

6. Carefully tamp the steel down into the branch, until it reaches the bottom of the primed hole.

7. Drive the rod in another couple of inches to secure it.

8. The S'more stick is complete! 

Vendors made the event possible:

Events by Shelbi Rene: Rene Watten and Shelbi Rampy (EventsByShelbiRene.blogspot.com)

Three by The Quill Pen: Marsha Bonneau, Aubrey Bonneau and Chandra Chen (www.quillpenonline.com)

Venue: Five Chimney Inn 

EE Photography: Erin Woolsey (ee-photography.com, eephotography.squarespace.com)

Hair and Make-up: Joanna Cole

Nothing Bundt Cakes: Craig and Wendy Moore (www.nothingbundtcakes.comdallas@nothingbundtcakes.com)