We recently photographed a fabulous wedding at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Paper City published a few photographs from the wedding and a great story. Both are below.
Margaret “Meg” Harriet Munson & Joseph Patrick McGonigle
April 10, 2010, Palm Beach
These two noble names of Dallas did the right schools, the right clubs, and they certainly planned, to the tiniest detail, the perfect wedding. Meg (Camp Waldemar, Hockaday, Pi Beta Phi, Idlewilde Deb, Junior Dallas Garden Club, Junior League) to Patrick (Greenhill, MBA in Finance from SMU Cox, chairman Avante- Garde Society of Nasher Sculpture Center). It all began with the proposal. “Patrick loved modern art, and he told me we needed to attend a dinner party at the Nasher for the new museum director. We walked in, and the staff said we were the first to arrive and we could go to the Sculpture Garden where the party was located. Outside, I saw a long, white carpet and a tall gazebo fashioned of flowers and a three-foot-in-diameter pavéd flower ball, all by Junior Villanueva at the Garden Gate.
As we walked toward it, I saw the table was set for two. I couldn’t believe it — was this really happening? Suddenly, he was on one knee, lovingly proposing marriage, and afterwards he stood up and waved his arms and exclaimed, “C’mon out, everybody!” To my amazement, a photographer appeared from behind a tree, and our family ran out outside towards us — even my sister, who had flown in from NY. We all had a fabulous seated dinner in that magical gazebo. The menu was titled Meggie’s favorites and consisted of foods I loved. On top of everything, the music that Patrick played were all my favorite songs.” The wedding: “My grandmother, mother and both my sisters were married at Highland Park United Methodist Church, but when I called to reserve a Saturday night, it was potentially a year before we could have our wedding.
So I started thinking outside of the family box. I knew if I ever broke tradition, it would only be for one place: Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. There is nowhere, in my opinion, more beautiful. Every single aspect of this wedding was personally designed: one-of-a-kind Crane’s engraved save-the-date books, custom-blended ink for the invitations, sparkler fountains illuminating our favorite pastries at the Viennese table and eight-foot-tall gold palm trees with trunks of pavéd white hydrangeas, white orchids, white roses and gold seashells. We loved personalizing everything, even the dinner menu, which featured items like lobster and filet mignon with Tabasco (my dad’s favorite), homemade peppermint ice cream (my grandmother’s favorite) and Patrick’s favorite Key lime pie (his request in lieu of a groom’s cake!).” — Meg Munson McGonigle
Ceremony and reception venue: Mar-a-Lago, the historic estate of the late Marjorie Merriweather Post, now owned by Donald Trump, Palm Beach
Event production/wedding planner: Carmen Graff of Mar-a-Lago; Cheryl Clisby, Palm Beach
Invitations: Kerri Davis of Anna Grace Designs, Dallas. Calligraphy by Boo Owens, Dallas
Catering and cake maker: Overseen by Mar-a-Lago’s executive chef, Jeff O’Neil
Music: Encore Chamber Players’ string sextet, Palm Beach; GDO Soul featuring Greg Denard, NYC
Dress designer: Anne Barge through Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid attire: Custom-designed gowns from Nicolas Villalba Couture, Dallas
Groom’s attire: Giorgio Armani tuxedo through Barneys New York; shirt from Q Custom Clothier, Dallas
Wedding party gifts: Mother-of-pearl shell tray from Madison with a calligraphed note from Boo Owens on the bottom and sterling-silver-dipped seashell from Thistle & Bee; mother-of-pearl and sterling-silver stud set from Ari D. Norman of London and a black bow tie from David Donahue
Party favors for guests: Oversized heart-shaped cookies with an “M” monogram
We put together a team of three photographers that included Robert Walker of Dallas and Leah Stern of Washington, D.C. to discuss your wedding – big or small – regardless of the location!
One of my clients, , has written a memoir called and I photographed Susannah and Puzzle for the author’s portrait.
National Public Radio (NPR) about the book and used my photograph. Check it out below and click to listen to the interview.
published our photographs of Mark and Joanne’s fabulous wedding in their current issue.
What a great job (including, but not limited to Abbie, Mary and Sara Fay – you guys rock!) did creating a wonderful event! And we love working events and weddings at the , a beautiful place to host events. We’ll post more photographs from this great wedding soon.
Also, a big thanks to photojournalist Mo Sadjadpour, who assisted me in making these photographs.
Recently, I photographed author and her golden retriever rescue dog, Puzzle. The three of us schlepped (or slopped?) through the mud to create portraits for Susannah’s new book,
. Scent of the Missing,a
memoir about raising a search-and-rescue dog from puppyhood and forging a relationship with her in and out of the search field, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2009.
Susannah was referred to me by good friend and dog trainer extraordinaire Susan Blatz (), aka .
The advanced copy editions of the book have been printed and distributed. Yep, that’s my photograph of Susannah and Puzzles on the back cover. Scent of the Missing is already creating quite a buzz.
, the well-known dog behaviorist and author, said Scent of the Missing “is so well written I don’t know whether to be inspired or to turn my computer off and never write again.” And last week’s Publisher’s Weekly included a prominently-featured sidebar, within the lead story on pet-related books, which asks Houghton Mifflin executive editor Susan Canavan to list “Five Signs That a Manuscript is the Next Marley
.” While listing her criteria, she explains: “I bought Scent of the Missing
because it featured all of the aforementioned qualities, but also has real hard news angles and topicality. This is an animal story that is larger than itself.”
And I just finished reading my copy and absolutely loved the book. A charming, touching (no, not sappy!) story told by a very talented author. You’re going to love this book. You can . Here are a few of the photographs we made.
I always have so much fun making people and dog portraits – to schedule a dog portrait session.
Mark and Joanne were married recently and here is part one of our favorites from the wedding photographs. What a beautiful ceremony and what a wonderful couple! Congratulations guys!
We made some fabulous portraits of Mark and Joanne. Special thanks to Mary Hollis of (and her team!) for helping make it all happen! Mark and Joanne were great models and a lot of fun!
Fabulous wedding photographs from Mark & Joanne’s big day coming up soon!
We’re thrilled to have been rated by local brides and voted The Knot – Best of Weddings 2008-2009 Picks
If this sounds like a familiar refrain, well [blushing] it is the third year in a row that Chris Moseley Photography has been selected as one of the top wedding photographers in Dallas-Fort Worth.
We’re honored to be included on the list!
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The Fall/Winter 2009 edition of The Knot Texas
Last year, Chris Moseley Photography shot and our photography was recently featured in
, a hip, Austin-based magazine. Here are the tear sheets from the March 2009 issue of Tribeza
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A big thanks to Linda Dryden
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Westlake’s premier wedding and event planning guru, who orchestrated the elegant wedding (at Austin’s ) and wonderful reception ().
The results from the latest Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) contest are in and we were thrilled to have a first place winner! The photograph of Chrissy & John , at Barton Creek Country Club
in Austin, won the cake cutting category in the WPJA’s international
WPJA is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from all over the world. What sets its members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. You have to meet the WPJA’s strict criteria to join the WPJA.
Here’s the story behind the creation of this photograph. Although I try very hard to always bring fresh eyes to every wedding, some of the photo ops (like the cake cutting!) are often best shot from the same position. At the last minute, Chrissy & John were rotated 90% around the table. So, the official “media” (two videographers + the second photographer working with me) all shifted too and I thought, “hey, they’re all standing in my
Seeing all these cameras aimed at the couple, I quickly determined the best approach would be to document the ENTIRE scene. So, I took a big step backward and waited for the perfect moment! The color photograph below is the original image.
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For the final photograph, I cropped in tight on the image to eliminate the tall ceilings and the camera of my second photographer (basically, anything that wasn’t relevant to the photograph had to go!). I wanted the viewer’s eye to go straight to John & Chrissy.
Because of the variety of colors, I felt like converting the photograph to black and white would also help isolate Chrissy & John and really share with you how very much they were the center of their world at that very moment. A few more adjustments in the digital darkroom, and Voila!, an award-winning photograph.
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On a beautiful Saturday, Christy and Travis got married at Glen Rose’s , one of the top five “Best Locations in the World to get married” (Today Show). coordinated the fabulous wedding day events – and not a single detail was overlooked! Here’s a sneak preview to share just a few of our favorite photographs.
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Photography: (Chris Moseley & Robert Walker)
Haley was browsing a friend’s photographs and saw a “hot” guy from Baylor who she just had to meet. Haley’s friend not only agreed to introduce Haley, but insisted the two would be a perfect couple. So, Haley and Andy met in February 2007, at a Super Bowl party. After spending the afternoon together, they went on their first official date later that month – and became engaged exactly one year later!
Linda Dryden, Westlake’s premier wedding and event planning guru, did not miss a single detail in planning an elegant ceremony and a fabulous reception. After Haley and Andy were married during a candlelit service at Austin’s , everyone celebrated at the . Here are just a few of our favorites.
Congratulations Haley and Andy!
It was great to see some familiar faces, like our clients, Jaime & Jon (and Jamie’s parents) whose . Contact to inquire about photography for your wedding or event. We make hip, fun portraits, too!
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I’ve had several requests to post a photograph of the member on the Chris Moseley photography team. Samantha Ann Moseley was born 8/8/08. Her big sister, Saxon, celebrated her 2nd birthday three days later and still loves her baby sister – and being a big sister.
We’ll post some more photographs here soon, but you can always visit my personal blog, .
, the leading wedding planning website, is currently featuring one of our clients’ weddings as a
. The photographs from Cathy & Keith’s Dallas wedding were and printed in The Knot
Cathy & Keith were married at The . As usual, I enjoyed working with Mary Frances Hurt of , who planned & coordinated this fabulous event and provided the bluebird-themed decor. Click below to go the the slideshow at TheKnot.
Here are a few more detail shots from this elegant wedding at The Mansion.
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Katherine & Rich were married during an elegant ceremony at , in downtown Dallas, and had a fabulous wedding reception at the . Their wedding guests, who came from all over the world (including a special guest, the Queen of England), loved hanging out in the gardens at the Nasher on a beautiful day. Congratulations, guys!
Here are a few of our favorite photographs from the wedding day.
Most of the time, I actually prefer to stay behind the lens. But sometimes, when I see a great opportunity to have a portrait made, I’ll jump on the other side of the camera. I attended a conducted by my friends Anne & Joseph Stefanchik, whose studio is just three doors down the hall from ours. We did some on-location shoots just down the street at the State Fair.
Twilight + State Fair of Texas + Big Tex + Camera in one hand + Fletcher’s corny dog in the other = the perfect storm for a portrait!
We’re excited to share another award-winning photograph with you. Photographers from all over the world compete in the prestigious contests held by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association [AG]WPJA.
[AG]WPJA members are international wedding photojournalists, who excel both in creating outstanding images through a documentary approach, and in the art of post-production processing of wedding photographs. In a nutshell, [AG]WPJA photographers take great candid pictures, enhance them using the technology available, and deliver museum-quality images from your wedding day
The winning entries came from (to name a few) England, Italy, Sweden, Philippines, Singapore, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
We’re happy our photograph below, “first dance,” from was a Top 10 winner!
Jill and Randy were recently married in an elegant ceremony at the in Fort Worth.
provided an incredible backdrop for the reception. of It’s Your Night Entertainment provided the musical entertainment for the evening.
Here are a few of our favorite photographs from the big day.
You can see the rest of the photographs .
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Usually, the Chris Moseley Photography Blog is strictly business. But, it’s been a tough week for me because I had to say goodbye to my dog Ranger. Ranger was a photographer’s best friend. He yearned attention so much that he was always up for posing..and loved wearing these little Harry Potter glasses you see below. A few photos here to share. If you’re a dog person, check out the short tribute with more photographs at my personal blog,
Congratulations to Chrissy and John, who were recently married in Austin at . After a beautiful ceremony, everyone made the short drive to Barton Creek Country Club
for the fabulous reception.
Linda Dryden, Westlake’s premier wedding & event planning guru, brought Chrissy & John’s ideas to life and did not miss a single detail. The decor was provided by (who also did the wonderful arrangements at the church), (those elegant linens) and [planning note: Seeing a professional lighting designer setting up accent lighting at an event or reception always makes a photographer smile! Spotlighting tables, cakes, floral arrangements can provide a beautiful glow to your party!].
Just off the main ballroom, John & Chrissy had a fun room/lounge. Inside were all their favorites: movies & kettle corn, mini burgers and sweet potato fries, a candy bar with peanut M&M’s and sour skittles, cozy couches surrounding tables with scrabble boards (John’s game of choice), milk & cookies and a photo booth!
All the guests danced and danced to the music of . During Sweet Home Alabama, I heard something being yelled out during the chorus – in between the band’s singing ”Sweet Home Alabama” and “where the skies are so blue.” I scurried over to the dance floor just in time to hear the large contingent of guests from Alabama shouting “Roll Tide Roll,”
We wanted to share some of our favorites of Chrissy & John on the blog. You can see the rest of the photographs .
We photograph weddings in an artistic and documentary style. Some call it wedding photojournalism, we call it !
- Susan Blatz: Beautiful shots! Each one a tableau of elegence. You are so great at finding just the right angles at...
- Susannah Charleson: Hey Chris! What, you’re not showing the SEARCH AND EAT photo? (AKA the 50-mile-an-hour mud...
- Susan Blatz: You have successfully captured love in action!
- Patti Edison: Wow, wish yu could have photographed my wedding!!xo
- ALexandra: How beautiful!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. -Alexandra
- Bridget Young: We are so excited for you. It looked like a dream come true! Best wishes! Love, Bridget & Robert
- Stacy Guthrie: Great meeting story! I love it. Great photographs as well. I especially like the ring shot, the one of...