This morning after scouting a few locations and loading my SUV with photo props, I met Misty in Lake Worth, Texas. My niece Leigh Ann and Maddy joined us as we jumped to several different locations in our caravan.
Cindy and I had found a great spot in Sampson Park and I suggested after hitting a few wooded areas in Lake Worth that we head to River Oaks at Inspiration Point.
As we headed to the location, I took a moment to ask how Misty had met Carl. She told me that very few people knew how they had actually met but that she had a chance meeting while working as a guard in Breckenridge. Misty would wait a full year later before becoming a pen pal and visiting Carl after he was transferred to Estes Unit in Venus, Texas.
Although I was careful not to “bring up” the circumstances, Misty voluntarily told me why Carl had spent over 10 years in the system. Carl had been involved in an accident while intoxicated that took 2 lives. I’m certain it’s something no one would ever think could happen when getting behind the wheel after drinking and thankful that no one in my family is a drinker.
Misty was a good sport as Leigh Ann and I positioned her for the lake photos. The photos in this blog were shot on my iPhone because all three of our photographers take days to edit their photos. I like to give families instant gratification with a few photos even though the quality of my phone is far from perfect or crystal clear as my nieces $1200 Nikon camera can capture.
We started the shoot in street clothes so after the lake and River Oaks poses, we made a pit stop to my home aka WorthamWorld to give Misty a chance to change into her wedding dress before heading to the Botanic Gardens which my niece was pretty insistent about although I warily reminded her of being “Booted out of the Botanic Gardens-The Harvey Family Adventure Begins.” If you haven’t read the blog on the Harvey Family, visit this link-Booted Out Of The Botanic Garden, I Think On The Fly & Figure It Out!
A few years ago, I had barely left my vehicle before being stopped and asked for a permit to officiate a wedding or a permit for photography.” I was unaware of this strict rule and my client couldn’t afford the fees of $450 so, we were escorted out of the park. I found a beautiful area anyway and we got some great photos because they were willing to trust my instincts and devastated they couldn’t afford the gardens. I’m passionate enough to fix an unexpected issue even when it means spending a lot more time than I had expected to save the day! I explained to Leigh Ann and Misty that we “might get caught and kicked out,” but they decided to wing it and we did-in and out in 20 minutes. We were as lucky as I was when my husband and I married there without ever knowing “the rules.” I would have been horrified to have been caught and endure a walk of shame with my family and aunt witnessing an escort out for not having the permits.
Leaving the Botanic Garden, I called my niece and suggested she head over to Uncle Julio’s and order lunch while I ran home so Misty could change back into her street clothes. She loved the tiara I had bought her and while driving home- I had an idea to pose her in front of neighborhood houses and click a few shots on my iPhone.
Surprisingly, she loved my idea and said she had the most fun she’s ever had as I pulled over and said lets go!
Back at my home, we both laughed and laughed about our little excursion as I helped Misty out of her dress and corset. We were ready to eat by the time we met up with Leigh Ann and showed her our “I just live here photos” on my phone.
I never planned on officiating at prisons but like everything else in my life- it happened. My web designer, Michael Brylinski is currently making changes for other “people on the outside” wanting an officiant. Michael handles all of my websites and has been with me since starting Texas Twins Events 7 years ago.
Michael also creates my logos so folks wanting to “help me with my websites or traffic,” I have to tell ya all that I am loyal to a fault and not interested in making any changes but appreciate you reaching out to me. It’s essential that my web developer is just a text or phone call away for me. Yesterday, Michael updated this website for people like Misty with nowhere to turn. To view my latest expansion or for more information, visit this link-Information Regarding Inmate Weddings With Wendy Wortham.
Expanding and rebranding to take on Prison Weddings is something that I never expected to happen because I had no idea of the need existed but it does and sometimes any business venture is surprising with new twist and turns. I rebranded and expanded Texas Twins Events & Texas Twins Treasures to create The Pawning Planners when families came to me with no money so rebranding and expanding to address Prison Weddings isn’t the first “surprising” thing that has happened the past 7 years.
When I started this business, Cindy traveled with me to capture photos as a courtesy to clients after I realized they couldn’t afford to hire a photographer on their own. A few years later, my son and his wife (Robert & Stephanie Hafele) joined me on location to handle photography after I realized that Cindy was often too busy helping me with event coordination. My niece Leigh Ann Blais often helps out and handles photography too so it’s rare to find Cindy behind a camera these days.
Several months ago, I wanted “all hands on deck” for a once in a lifetime opportunity to officiate a wedding at Carswell AFB on the Tarmac and in a C130. My son, sister, step daughter and I handled the hair and make up, photography and officiating ourselves. While it is true that we may have “missed a shot” because we were short handed because Leigh Ann was in California, we still managed to get video and photos for our thrilled couple as evidenced in this blog-Carswell AFB Dream Wedding With My Team.
For years, the ongoing battle of who is the best photographer around here continues! Last weekend my twin sister took this photo of me and I said it was one of my favorites! I’m not a photographer but it’s rare for me to like my own photos since I’m no longer in my 30’s and usually pick myself apart in photos which is the primary reason that my twin and I went on a yearlong weight loss journey because we spent so much time traveling to events that fast food became “convenient.”
While driving Misty back to her car, I admitted that I’m melancholy about Friday since the location is far from joyous but assured her that one day when Carl is released, my team and I will meet her and shoot traditional wedding photos.
Since many are interested in what I charged Misty for today’s photo shoot and lunch–we didn’t. Her circumstances and situation warranted our help. I go above and beyond because I care and my niece understands the importance of photos. She started out shooting her daughter Maddy for the numerous brands young Madyson represents and loved photography so much that she decided to help me while building her own portfolio. Coming Soon- Maddy & Me Photography Sessions with Leigh Ann Blais.
Friday I will see Misty again at Estes Unit in Venus, Texas. Although I’ve read your comments and concerns regarding Inmate or Prison Weddings and understand your feelings, these couples may have extenuating circumstances but they are couples and they are planning for a future together beyond the bars…
Wendy M Wortham