July 25, 2019

McGovern Gardens Wedding: Nicki and Joe

McGovern Gardens
Houston, Texas

Nicki and Joe had a beautiful June wedding at the McGovern Gardens in Houston! You may remember these two from their engagement session at Buffalo Bayou Park last fall. We had so much fun strolling throughout the park chatting, their engagement session is definitely a favorite of mine!

Nicki and Joe’s wedding day began at Hotel Zaza in the museum district. Their spacious suites had perfect views of the Houston skyline making it one of the best spots in Houston to get ready! After all the hair and makeup was done we took a few bridesmaid portraits of the girls in their adorable getting ready pajamas before heading on to Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in Katy.

Moments before the ceremony, Nicki and Joe stole a quiet moment together behind a door without seeing one another where they shared their excitement about the day. After a traditional ceremony we all headed to the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Gardens for the reception!

The gardens were stunning and the perfect place for portraits! There were so many beautiful flowers and greenery all around! Throughout the day and especially their reception it was clear that Nicki and Joe are very loved. Their family and friends gathered round to support these two and cheer them on throughout the day. I was very touched by the speeches their family members gave saluting the couple. I’m sure these two will go on to do great things in life!

Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Francisco!! Thank you for trusting me to capture your day and allowing me to be a part of this exciting season of life. I wish you both many years of joy and happiness in your marriage together!!

Reception Venue: McGovern Gardens – Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion
Ceremony: Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church
Getting Ready: Hotel Zaza Museum District
Photographer: Tara Barnes Photography
Videographer: Ritter Media
Hair and Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup
Florist: The Flower Bar
Cake: Who Made the Cake
Invitations: Lavandula Design
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana
Dress Shop: Brickhouse Bridal
Rentals: The Events Company
DJ: Kenny Flip
Catering: Monarch Catering


  1. Nicki

    July 25th, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    The very best day!! Thank you Tara!!

  2. Molly

    July 25th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Such a beautiful wedding with such amazing pictures to remember it by!! The photos are absolutely stunning.

  3. Brenda Erickson

    July 25th, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    These pictures are great! Such a fun day!!

  4. Joe

    July 25th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Tara!!! You were THE BEST and made our day SO much more enjoyable! These pictures are gonna let us relive our day for the rest of our lives.

  5. Carolanne

    July 25th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I love this couple!!! Such a gorgeous wedding!!

  6. Sarah

    July 25th, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Tara, you captured this day so perfectly! Such beautiful pictures.

    Looking good Mr. and Mrs. Francisco!

  7. Austin Guin

    July 25th, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Had an amazing time and the pictures came out amazing!

  8. Sydni

    July 25th, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    The coolest couple, venue, and photos! Such a memorable night.

  9. Leisa

    July 25th, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Extraordinarily fabulous day! These photos say it all! Congratulations to the new Franciscos!!! Love you guys!

  10. Parker

    July 26th, 2019 at 6:11 am

    These look amazing!! So glad we got to celebrate with y’all!!

  11. Gaye Lynn & Stuart Zarrow

    July 26th, 2019 at 8:14 am

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY! We’re so happy to be a part of it. Tara you captured Nikki and Joe’s day so well. Well done!

  12. Katrina

    July 26th, 2019 at 8:28 am

    You for captured the beauty, the fun, and love of Nicki and Joe’s BIG day. I enjoyed reliving the day through your lens. So many moments I missed were captured on film. Thank you!!

  13. Tim

    July 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am

    These are great!!

  14. Kate

    July 26th, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Great pictures and fun memories!!!

  15. Cyndy Garza Roberts

    July 26th, 2019 at 11:31 am

    These photos captured the two capital “L’s”… Love & Laughter!!! That is how Joe & Nickki’s life together began, Tara you totally captured it. Love you Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Francisco 😘🍷🍷

  16. Elizabeth Stein

    July 27th, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Such a beautiful wedding that I had to miss…..captured in amazing photos. Now I feel like I was there every step of the way. Cheers to a life of beautiful memories, Elizabeth

  17. Tony Gutierrez

    July 27th, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    You have really captured some great shots.

  18. Denise Monteleone

    July 27th, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Beautiful photos of a gorgeous and very much in love couple ! You captured their feelings so perfectly!

  19. Lynda Transier

    July 27th, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    A beautiful day captured in photos to last forever! Congratulations to the beautiful and happy couple.

  20. Ellie Francisco

    July 27th, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Love, Love, Love these photos absolutely beautiful! Love, joy and happiness captured perfectly.

  21. Hallie Vanderhider

    July 27th, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful event. Congratulations 🎉🍾

  22. Gayle Hoffer

    July 28th, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Treasured memories beautifully captured of the love shared together on this magical day with Nicki and Joe!

  23. Judy Erickson

    July 29th, 2019 at 7:21 am

    The pictures are beautiful the wedding was beautiful. All I can say is every place I looked and every picture I looked at captures so much love.

  24. Julie Harrell

    July 29th, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos of the happy couple!

  25. Alain Flambert

    July 29th, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Such beautiful memories, Tara your work is priceless; Thank you for capturing the true essence of Love…..
    Best of Luck Guys!

    It was an honor to be a part of such a fantastic and memorable day!


  26. Jake Hafemeister

    July 29th, 2019 at 9:37 am

    These pictures really capture how magical this day was, congrats Joe and Nicki!

  27. Meg Frankson

    July 29th, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!! These pictures capture all the love and joy of this day so well!!

  28. Gregg

    July 29th, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Great pictures from a great day. Some touching and even hilarious shots in there.

  29. Casey Meador

    July 29th, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    These pictures are wonderful! The fun of that night was so well captured. I enjoyed remembering the moments looking at such one!

  30. Shane Harrell

    July 29th, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    So many moments exquisitely captured. Tara great work! Congrats again Joe and Nicki!!!

  31. Michael S. Francisco

    July 30th, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Great day! Great pics! Love den kids!

  32. Matt Gothard

    July 30th, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Incredible pictures for an incredible wedding! Some how the atmosphere made me think I could dance.

  33. Mary Maley

    July 30th, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    The photographer captured every moment so the pictures tell the complete story of the wedding day. These are the most amazing photographs of a wedding I have ever seen. Simply out of this world outstanding. They show the love Nicki and Joe have for each other. Stunning!!!

  34. Daniel Zarzana

    July 30th, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Really great pictures from a truly wonderful night. Congratulations to Joe and Nicki!

  35. Beau

    July 30th, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Congrats you two! 😍

  36. Avi Laxmidas

    July 30th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Stunning pictures!
    Such an incredible day it was.

  37. Garrett

    July 30th, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Amazing pictures for an amazing day! Congratulations again Joe and Nicki.

  38. Jude

    July 30th, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Amazing photos, beautiful couple !

  39. Taylor Chiasson

    July 30th, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Wow such great pictures for a wonderful day!

  40. Francis Roy

    July 30th, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Amazing wedding, thankful to be a part of it!

  41. Kyle Cribley

    July 31st, 2019 at 8:37 am

    So happy for you two. Enjoyed celebrating your wedding! Y’all are perfect for each other. May God bless your marriage!

  42. Paul Maley

    July 31st, 2019 at 9:06 am

    These are the most amazing and beautiful pictures. Joe and Nicki will be able to relive that wonderful day for years to come

  43. Olivia Tucker

    July 31st, 2019 at 10:20 am

    These pictures are so beautiful and really capture the joy and love you have for one another! It was so sweet to be a part of y’all’s day! Love y’all so much!!

  44. Megan Jennings

    July 31st, 2019 at 10:51 am

    These pictures truly capture what a beautiful day this was! So happy for Joe and Nicki!! They will cherish these pictures forever!

  45. Elise Griffin

    July 31st, 2019 at 11:20 am

    What an amazing day!! Such a beautiful couple!

  46. Brandon

    July 31st, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Great photos! Great day! Congrats Joe and Nicki!

  47. Allan Clement

    July 31st, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Such a beautiful wedding!
    So excited for y’all!

  48. Courtney

    July 31st, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful people and a beautiful wedding! Great job capturing the moments!

  49. Teresa

    July 31st, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Beautiful pictures to capture such a beautiful wedding! I’m so happy for you two!!

  50. Jim

    July 31st, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    A wonderful day! Made this Grandpa smile!

  51. Terry

    July 31st, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures of such an amazing wedding! So happy for these two!

  52. Patsy

    July 31st, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    What wonderful pictures Tara! You certainly captured the spirit and love of Nicki and Joe. I enjoyed reliving their beautiful day through your amazing eye. Great time was had by all.

  53. William

    August 1st, 2019 at 7:26 am

    These look amazing! And what a great venue!

  54. Tom Erickson

    August 1st, 2019 at 7:40 am

    This was such a beautiful wedding! My niece looks so happy and beautiful! Congratulations!

  55. Austin West

    August 1st, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Pics look great!

  56. Victoria Cribley

    August 1st, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    So obsessed with these! Such a beautiful day.

  57. Geoff

    August 1st, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Was an amazing wedding and captured well in the pics!

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