Tucked away along the Gulf Coast is an impressively grandiose venue, Magnolia Manor, part of The Springs. This was the setting for Ashley and Daniel’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.

I’m so fortunate to photograph their wedding day. Referred by friends of the bride, MaloRee and Dan Huot, I photographed their wedding a few years ago. Magnolia Manor has many elements that grab the attention here, from the fairytale staircase to the outdoor fountain.

A few weeks before the wedding, I photographed Ashley’s bridal portraits, and a couple frames are included below. Loved working with both of them. Ashley and Daniel are perfect for each other and were just laughing and full of joy the whole day.

I hope you enjoy the sequence of curated images here as much as I enjoyed photographing the day. I like to tell stories, and weddings are tremendously tricky to photograph well without directing the couple and remaining as lowkey as possible. That’s precisely the challenge why I love photographing couples special days, and I’m always thankful for their trust.

Thanks to planner Sandy Brooks, always available to make Ashley and Daniel’s day go smoothly. And to my good friend and fab second shooter, Deji Osinulu joined me for the day. Cameras for those interested were Leica M Rangefinders, mostly a 21mm Super Elmar and 50mm f0.95 Noctilux, a Leica M3, and Mamiya RZ medium format loaded up with Kodak Portra.


  • Venue: The Springs Angleton
  • Planner: Sandy Brooks
  • Photographer: Philip Thomas
  • Bar Service: Corn & Rye
  • Cake: Tier One Cakes
  • Catering: Chuy’s
  • DJ: DJ American
  • Florist: JDesigns 
  • Makeup and hair: Chic Occasion 
  • Photo Booth: LadyBug
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If you like what you see, reach out! I have a cool English accent; I’m dashing, handsome and funny – so my wife says. Seriously though, I love the craft of photography, I’m a former news photographer and a documentary street photographer. I capture weddings throughout Texas from a fly on the wall perspective. You’ll not notice me. My photos are candid and delightfully artistic with a splash of color and monochrome.

Philip Thomas has been published in: The New York Times, Shot Kit in Australia, interviews in PDN (Photo District News) and Pro Photography Magazine, to awards in WPJA, San Antonio Weddings Magazine, This is Reportage, Fearless, Best Wedding Photographers, The Knot, La Grande, Modern Luxury Houston, Style Me Pretty, Popular Photography Magazine, My Project Wedding,  7Centerpieces and more.