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 says:

    The very best day!! Thank you Tara!!

  2. Molly says:

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

  3. Brenda Erickson says:

    These pictures are great! Such a fun day!!

  4. Joe says:

    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 says:

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

  6. Sarah says:

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

    Looking good Mr. and Mrs. Francisco!

  7. Austin Guin says:

    Had an amazing time and the pictures came out amazing!

  8. Sydni says:

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

  9. Leisa says:

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

  10. Parker says:

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

  11. Gaye Lynn & Stuart Zarrow says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    These are great!!

  14. Kate says:

    Great pictures and fun memories!!!

  15. Cyndy Garza Roberts says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    You have really captured some great shots.

  18. Denise Monteleone says:

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

  19. Lynda Transier says:

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

  20. Ellie Francisco says:

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

  21. Hallie Vanderhider says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful event. Congratulations 🎉🍾

  22. Gayle Hoffer says:

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

  23. Judy Erickson says:

    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 says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos of the happy couple!

  25. Alain Flambert says:

    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 says:

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

  27. Meg Frankson says:

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

  28. Gregg says:

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

  29. Casey Meador says:

    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 says:

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

  31. Michael S. Francisco says:

    Great day! Great pics! Love den kids!

  32. Matt Gothard says:

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

  33. Mary Maley says:

    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 says:

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

  35. Beau says:

    Congrats you two! 😍

  36. Avi Laxmidas says:

    Stunning pictures!
    Such an incredible day it was.

  37. Garrett says:

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

  38. Jude says:

    Amazing photos, beautiful couple !

  39. Taylor Chiasson says:

    Wow such great pictures for a wonderful day!

  40. Francis Roy says:

    Amazing wedding, thankful to be a part of it!

  41. Kyle Cribley says:

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

  42. Paul Maley says:

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

  43. 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 says:

    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 says:

    What an amazing day!! Such a beautiful couple!

  46. Brandon says:

    Great photos! Great day! Congrats Joe and Nicki!

  47. Allan Clement says:

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

  48. Courtney says:

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

  49. Teresa says:

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

  50. Jim says:

    A wonderful day! Made this Grandpa smile!

  51. Terry says:

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

  52. Patsy says:

    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 says:

    These look amazing! And what a great venue!

  54. Tom Erickson says:

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

  55. Austin West says:

    Pics look great!

  56. Victoria Cribley says:

    So obsessed with these! Such a beautiful day.

  57. Geoff says:

    Was an amazing wedding and captured well in the pics!

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