I’ve been wrapped up in weddings and worrying about my brides & grooms that are dealing with Hurricane Ike issues, and then I heard from Mariae Bui of Pink Posh Photography about the Tuscany of Garden Oaks and Bella Terraza and the Displaced Brides due to the venues filing bankruptcy.
How horrible to deal with Ike, only to find out that your venue has filed bankruptcy – leaving you in a lurch and without your initial payments to them! (You can learn more about the story on Channel 13 KTRK’s site.)
She emailed me to ask if I would be interested in helping couples out – and I responded with a hearty “YES!!!” So I’m extending the same offer that she did – in her own words, what I would like to do is offer one (1) displaced Tuscany of Garden Oaks or Bella Terraza bride my photography services, free of charge.
Based on my 2008 – 2009 calendar availability (and my choice), I will offer one displaced couple who does not already have a photographer:
– One portrait session (choice of engagement, bridal or boudoir)
– 6 hours of wedding day photography coverage with two photographers
– All high-resolution digital images on DVD with a print release
– In response to an email question I had yesterday – yes, you could choose to purchase an album or add extra hours if 6 isn’t enough; we would discuss that and work out all the details ahead of time.
For all others, I will offer a 15% off of my normal rates.
What you need to provide:
– A copy of your contract to verify that you are a displaced Tuscany of Garden Oaks or Bella Terraza bride.
– Your new venue and wedding date so I can see if I’m available
– A paragraph describing your situation (that you won’t mind me sharing on the blog if I select you)
– And a photo of you & your fiance if I choose you (optional – to go with that blog post)
Please contact me using the contact link on the site. I will announce who I picked on November 1st. (I am considering November & December 2008 dates also based on availability.)
For the other brides that I don’t select, I would be happy to set up a Boudoir Marathon of hour long shoots at the studio in the Heights – we would just need to coordinate a day! The shoot would be free, and you can select any prints or albums you would like to purchase at that time.
Also, I would also like to encourage some of my photography colleagues, as well as other wedding industry professionals to see if they are able to assist in any way. If you would also like to offer your services to the displaced brides and do not know how to reach them, I would be happy to post your information on my blog.
As I mentioned above, Mariae of Pink Posh Photography, Eric of Serendipity Photography, Donna of Paper Dolls Houston, Kelley of KD Loftis Photography, Joanna of JTG Studio, and Jason of Table 4 Photography are all extending similar offers. My friend Corey, who lives in Ohio, has also extended the same offer to brides who would be willing to buy her round trip ticket to Houston – and I’ll let her stay at our house and shoot with her if I’m available that day. (If you are too, let me know!)
Thanks to Google, I found a bit more about this over on The Knot forums. I’ve had enough experiences with vendors leaving brides in a bad situation like this – it just makes me so sad. Ugh. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!
Update: For details on other vendors offering help to couples impacted by this, visit the ABC 13 blog. There are more details on their website too. KHOU also has a forum post about the situation. Sabrina of Chic Soiree also has helpful information on her website.