FEI Wine Tasting Event at Tribute Golf Club

Monday, May 2nd, Kim Cooley had the honor of photographing the Inaugural Wine Tasting Event for FEI Executives at The Tribute Golf Club at The Colony. There was a great turn out and the members really seemed to enjoy the festivities as well as the casual networking. Surely there is a quote somewhere about networking being better over a glass of wine. The Grapevine Wine Pouring Society has several of their esteemed and well versed pourers on hand to oversee the pouring and comparison tastings.  A successful event that Carol Elliott and Mary Hatcher should proud of accomplishing.

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Southlake Easter Egg Decorating 2011

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Southlake Easter Egg Hunting


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Slightly Sexy Boudoir Photography Grapevine

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Southlake Wedding – Missy and Jorge

Missy and Jorge were married Saturday at the Hilton Southlake Town Square and Carpe Vita Photography was honored to take care of their wedding photography.

The couple also selected a terrific group of wedding professionals to make their day a dream come true.  The lovely florals were by The Elegant Petal of Hurst
Southlake Hilton WeddingMissy and Jorge’s color pallet of hot pink and black complimented the incredible spring weather we enjoyed.  Here’s Jorge’s dapper tie with white silk vest – very nice!
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Jessica Gunter with Brides Associates and Suzann McLemore were the wedding coordinators and they kept everything moving like clock work.
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Missy and Jorge chose to see each other before the wedding which is always a treat for us. And since they were getting married and having their reception at the same location as their reception and where they also got ready, they ended up having a wonderfully relaxing afternoon spent celebrating their love.
Southlake Hilton WeddingsSouthlake Hilton WeddingsWhat a blast Sydney was to work with and we think she could be a great photographer in the making.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsA signature Missy pose…

Southlake Hilton WeddingsThe gents..

Southlake Hilton WeddingsSouthlake Hilton WeddingsMissy and Jorge were the most kissing-est couple we can remember.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsHow about them sweet sexy shoes – Unlisted.

Southlake Hilton Weddings Hot Pink ShoesSouthlake Hilton WeddingsSouthlake Hilton WeddingsQuiet time together – enjoying their day.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsAnd yes, if you do see each other before the wedding, there can still be lots of emotion.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsWhen it was time to walk down the aisle, Miss Sydney was there to escort her mom.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsAnooj Thakker with Mr. and Mrs. was the Officiant for the ceremony and Missy and Jorge chose to include a unity sand ceremony to represent their lives coming together.

Southlake Hilton Weddings Unity Sand CeremonySouthlake Hilton WeddingsWhile Mr. and Mrs. Bernal were waiting to be introduced –
they could be found kissing some more…

Southlake Hilton WeddingsAndy Austin Entertainment made sure the crowd was on their feet even
before the couple made their way in to the ballroom.

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Southlake Hilton Weddings Andy Austin EntertainmentSouthlake Hilton Weddings Andy Austin EntertainmentSouthlake Hilton WeddingsAs the sun was getting closer to the horizon, Jorge and Missy had us do some friend group photos that we thought we would share here for all to enjoy.  More of course will be found online soon for everyone from the celebration to see.  To register to see all the photos from this wedding, please go to Pictage (our online lab) and you will need the Entry Key which Missy or Jorge will be able to give you once they have released the photos to their friends and family to see.


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Southlake Hilton Weddings Andy Austin EntertainmentThe yummy cake was a Colleen’s Cakes creation.

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Southlake Hilton Weddings Andy Austin EntertainmentThe full moon that came up Saturday night was supposedly the largest it has been in 20 years so we of course had to include some moon rising photographs.

Southlake Hilton WeddingsSouthlake Hilton WeddingsCongratulations Missy and Jorge – thank you for letting us be a part of your day!

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Image Credit Poster

Carpe Vita Supports Photo Credits

Carpe Vita Photography wants to thank Design Sponge for sharing this with their readership – because that’s where we saw this first.  But to the point, thank you to designers Pia Jane Bijkerk and Erin Loechner who utilized Yvette Van Boven’s handmade font.  As photographers, this is a subject near and dear to our hearts.  Thanks ladies! – please do consider printing a poster – we would love to hang in everywhere!

As we see photography in the world change daily and the usage/appreciation change, it is so important to give credit where credit it due.  I liken it to food for the artist – when people utilize the photographs and don’t give credit where credit is do, we are essentially taking food from that artist’s (may it be the photographer, the person with the initial vision, the art director, stylist, graphic designer or any other person along the creative train that I have overlooked) table.  “Help feed” the artists by remembering to give credit where credit is due – and of course, any consumer would want credit for the work they do in their world.

From catering mainly to consumers – high school seniors portraits, wedding photography and other celebrations of life including expecting parent photos to newborn photography and beyond – we find that individuals don’t always know what to do or even think twice about posting something on their own personal media that might give the artist’s their credit.

Thanks again ladies, the Professional Photographers of America and WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) to name just a few associations should take notice!


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– Megan and Kevin

Kim and Steve Cooley of Carpe Vita Photography had the pleasure of documenting Megan and Kevin’s wedding January 8th at Perkins Chapel, SMU with reception following at the Magnolia Hotel.  It was one of those lovely January days where the day starts brisk and the temperature continues to fall but everything and everyone surrounding Megan and Kevin was warm and loving.Thanks to Theresa at Perkins, Jessica and her staff at the Magnolia,  DJ Mark Pederson and helper Marcus and those families who drove in from out of town for all that you did – what a wonderful time had by all!Here’s a slideshow to show some of the details and special moments of the day.

To see all of the photos from the wedding, register by clicking here.  Megan or Kevin can give you the Event Key that is required to register for their event.  The photos will be available for viewing soon and an email will be sent to those who registered to let them know when the photos are posted.

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– Welcome to the World Seth

Seth’s parent’s finally got to meet Seth earlier this month and now it is hard to remember life without him. When Seth was about one week old, Kim of Carpe Vita Photography got to share in the joy and photograph Seth with his mom, dad and all of his grandparents who were in town to meet him too.Here’s the video – enjoy all of the baby toes and fingers and parts:

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– Fall Celebration with Rory’s Family

Jean, Ken and Rory had Ken’s parents in for Thanksgiving which happen to fall right after Rory’s 4th birthday. So what better way to celebrate than grabbing some family photos at a near by park.Enjoy the show!

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– Playtime with Juliette

Carpe Vita Photography loves kiddos with lots of imagination and Juliette has tons of it, as well as miles of personality.Here are the photos from sessions we did earlier this year.Enjoy!

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