Veronica and Javier’s Las Colinas Canals wedding, shot by Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.
Veronica and Javier were married in the Las Colinas Canals at the Venetian Terrace. The Canals are a great location for photos and a gorgeous setting for a wedding ceremony. As a Dallas wedding photographer, I get to see lots of unique locales for weddings, and Las Colinas’ Mandalay Canals are one of the most unique spots in the area; featuring Italian inspired architecture, stone bridges, hallways adorned with beautiful arches, hand laid stone sidewalks, and vines wrapped whimsically around buildings that change color with the seasons. With the tone set for the day by the location, the anticipation of the commitment these two were about to make was in the air, and so despite the fact that it was a windy and chilly day, hearts were warm. I got there around the same time as Veronica and her bridesmaids, and beautiful was an understatement. They looked amazing! We quickly zipped outside to get Veronica hidden because the Venetian Terrace doesn’t really have a spot to hide a bride, and had a pretty close call, but thankfully Javier didn’t see anything and no surprises were spoiled! Their bridesmaids wore beautiful navy dresses, and Veronica wore a sleek and modern dress with pleats and a unique collar that showed off her beautiful bone structure and drew attention right to up to her face where you would notice her gorgeous eyes! Javier, looked hansome all dressed up as well, and his groomsmen looked great, also!
Something that stood out to me at their ceremony was the unity candle ceremony. As a Dallas wedding photographer, I see a lot of weddings that have unity ceremonies of one type or another. They are all sweet; I love the symbolism that they hold, and how creative that some of them get, but this one was simple, and the thing that made it great wasn’t the way it was decorated or presented. It was the way that it happened. The ceremony was going well, and it was time for the unity candle when the moms went to light the taper candles for Veronica and Javier to use to light their pillar candle representing two families coming together to make one. But as I mentioned before, it was very windy that day and the candles kept blowing out. So to get main candle lit, Veronica, Javier, their moms, and the best man all crowded around, no longer symbolically coming together, but physically coming together to shield the wind from blowing out their flames so that they could light their unity candle. Though simple, this really got to me, because seeing a physical representation of friends, family and husband and wife coming together for their marriage was purely beautiful. I will never forget that, and because of that, their unity candle photos are some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.
The rest of their ceremony went off without a hitch (except for Veronica and Javier getting hitched!) and then we went off for a few group photos before the reception. Check out part 2 of their wedding by clicking here!