Michelle & Tommy are married!

MTWeddings today can become huge productions that lose sight of their very purpose, which is why I loved the simplicity of Michelle & Tommy's wedding.  Their calmness and the easiness of the day showed such a solidness to their relationship and new marriage.  As usual, Kindred Oaks provided such a lovely setting for the wedding, despite some very unexpected showers! MT1 MT2 MT3 MT4 MT5 MT6

I love first looks...such a wonderful way to have a moment together before the craziness descends!

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Zuzu's Petals decorated the arch beautifully and the rain stopped JUST in time for the ceremony to be held outdoors.

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Michelle's dad wins for best accessory of the day- when "Blue Skies" sung by Willie Nelson came of for their dance together, he whipped out a red bandana and put it on.  I love it.

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Michelle's Patisserie made Michelle's fun and crazy cake that looked AWESOME (and tasted delish, too).

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Jake & Meredith are married!

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Though Meredith and Jake were recommended to me by another photographer (yay photog friends!), their wedding day didn't feel in any way as if we had just met 4 months ago.  From their first email to me, we connected over a passion to see marriage reflect God's love and beauty.  It was such a pleasure to get to know them (and discover all of our mutual friends!) and their wedding truly did show off their joy in the Lord and each other.  Their wedding was also the first that I had a chance to shoot at the gorgeous Heritage House, built and run by a long time family friend of ours in Dripping Springs!

I'm a total sucker for sentimental touches and symbolism, so with all the meaningful surprises Jake left for his bride, like this door hanger and lilies of the valley, I was in heaven photographing them all.

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Katie of Little Yellow Flower Design delighted us with her sweet and simple, but whimsical florals - she even included green berries in the bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres!  I love that creativity.

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Isn't Meredith just stunning?!

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I love that the girls wore skirts and cute tops!  It definitely goes to show that breaking wedding norms can totally pay off!

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In photographing Jake and his dapper groomsmen, I was struck by what a blessing it is that he could stand up on his wedding day surrounded by solid men who have been witnesses to his character to years.

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I am completely in love with Heritage House's reception hall, and Jake and Meredith's simple decor fit so perfectly!

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Jake and Meredith also created door prizes and handed them out to the couple who'd been married the longest, had the greatest age difference, etc, which was a fun way to engage with their guests!

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I have lots of favorite things about this wedding, but one of them is that instead of cake, the bride & groom had Amy's Ice Cream and personally served homemade cobbler to their friends and family!

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Lauren & Zach are married!

L&ZaTo give you an idea of how fun Lauren & Zach's wedding was, at the end of my 8 hour day, I had more energy than I did at the beginning of the day!  At Jordan & Randy's beautiful wedding, Lauren & I immediately bonded over love languages and being camp counselors.  I was ecstatic to find out that she was engaged and getting married at the stunning Winfield Inn. L&Z

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I just can't get over how gorgeous these ladies are!  And so fun to be around, they made my job such a pleasure!

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And thus began the sweetest ceremony of all time.  With tears all around, a sweet lady ran up to the altar and offered a tissue to Lauren, who's happiness couldn't be contained.  Not going to lie, I may have shed a tear or two.

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I loved that they had a private last dance under the gorgeous roof off the Winfield Inn.

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Congratulations, Lauren and Zach!!!

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Dan & Colleen are married!

 

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Colleen wore her mother's veil, such a sweet and sentimental touch.  Also, her smile is the best.  No one who saw either of the couple would doubt that they were just over the moon about getting married!

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The ceremony took place in the beautiful, tree shaded clearing and the guests sat in a circle!  I'd never shot a wedding in the round before, but I love that they were literally surrounded by their loved ones.  CD10 CD11 CD12 CD13 CD14

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The sunset was gorgeous and luckily I had an AWESOME bride and groom who let me steal them for some photos!

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Richard & Melissa are married!

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One of the great things about having recently graduated from college is that I do have a pretty awesome network of young people, many of whom are in love!  Melissa and I both went to Southwestern, and while I didn't know her very well there, I've loved the chance to get to know both her and Richard over the past year. Their engagement session was especially fun :)  These two are hilarious and so fun, and their personalities totally came through on their wedding day!

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This may be my favorite bouquet by Zuzu's Petals yet!  Loving the bright colors. Oh, and can we talk about the amazing get away car?  I would love to shoot all my details on spotless vintage cars from now on, please!

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I'm so grateful for Richard and the other men at the wedding who serve our country in the Air Force!

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I had no idea the Air Force did this, but apparently all the guys have unique patterns on the back and sleeves of their dress shirts.  So fun!

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I cannot get over how adorable Melissa is!  Her faces were priceless.  Thanks again to my stellar second shooter and fiance for making sure that those faces were captured from ever angle :)

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Love the pop of color against the gorgeous grey dresses!

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One of my favorite moments of the wedding had to be when all the guys, including Richard surprised Melissa with an enthusiastic song.

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And another favorite moment- when Melissa's dad broke into the stanky leg halfway through their dance.  I'm pretty sure he's a better dancer than I am!

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Zack & Julia are married!

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I truly love each wedding I shoot, but every once and a while I get the privilege of shooting a special one.  I've known Zack since I was three, and clicked immediately with Julia when she moved to Dripping Springs in middle school.  We all love learning, nature, and especially oak trees.  I remember when they first started dating during sophomore year of high school, and can't believe it's been 8 years since then!  Through four years of college on opposite sides of the country, Zack and Julia's relationship stayed strong and grew stronger, and they were just as giddy together on their wedding day as they were sophomore year of high school.

Their engagement shoot was also one of my favorites and was published on Bliss Bridal magazine's blog.  I love each of their families dearly and feel so blessed to be a part of their celebration at Green Pastures in South Austin.

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You all know I'm a sucker for sentimental details, and this one may have topped them all.  Julia's grandmother gave her several pieces of jewelry when she was little, and when Julia received them, she decided not to wear this beautiful pair of pearl earrings until her wedding day.

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Seriously, I can't get over how gorgeous Julia is!

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The guys were more of hams than the girls were!  We had some fun :)

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Julia's mom is a musician for the Musical Discovery Chamber Players, so the whole day was filled with lovely live music.

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Love the octopus cake toppers!  Green Pastures made the lovely and delicious cakes!

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I LOVED Le Photo Booth's set up, with a unique backdrop and online uploading system.

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We stole a few minutes away to take some photos under the awesome chandelier Julia found before Zack & Julia's friends and family sent them off with a chorus of bells.

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Laura & Scott are married!

L&S I really have no words to express what a joy it was to photograph Laura & Scott's wedding at Laura's grandparent's house in Blooming Grove.  Laura happens to be the sister of a dear friend of mine, but but over the past few years, even having only spend a little bit of time with Laura and Scott, they now feel like dear friends too!  I'm pretty sure that's not an uncommon feeling, since they both love everyone they meet with complete sincerity.

I very much enjoyed photographing all the lovely details with the "enchanted garden" theme in mind.

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The girls got ready at Laura's parent's house just down the road from where the ceremony would be held and the whole thing just felt like a family reunion, including their sweet puppy, Gracie.

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The pouring rain cleared up just in time for some photos outside!

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The men looked so dapper, but we had a good time with the country roads and stormy skies.

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I'm proud to say that I did not take the gorgeously lit photo of the welcome sign.  My newest second shooter and fiance, Brad, did a fantastic job.

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As she walked down the aisle, Laura received flowers from different women who have poured into her life. I love the symbolism!

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In fact, pretty much everything they did had beautiful symbolism and showed their sweet love for each other and the Lord.

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Congratulations, Scott and Laura!  I love y'all!

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Lindsey & Paul are married!

LP Sometimes I have to stop and just marvel at how quickly time flies.  Through a dear mutual friend, I've know Lindsey since we were five.  As happens though, we lost touch for the most part until Lindsey contacted me about shooting her wedding.  I didn't meet Paul until the day of the wedding, but the way he and Lindsey look at each other completely convinced me that they are going to have such a solid, loving marriage.

Lindsey put so much work into making their wedding unique, and made everything- from the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses, I was super impressed with her crafty talents.

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Bridesmaid gifts? Necklaces Lindsey made out of earrings she found and loved.

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Lindsey's brother, Ivan, was technically a "bridesdude," so he got to be in both photos.  P.S. Lindsey made her veil, too!

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The St. Catherine of Siena Catholic church is a gorgeous place to take photos.

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Since (almost) every member of the wedding party is a proud Aggie, they had to show a little school spirit.

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Lindsey isn't the only talented one in the family- both Paul and her brother Ivan made their own wedding rings!

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Tip to brides and grooms: taking even 10 minutes away from the reception is a great way to get a few more awesome photos together and a nice moment just to be with each other and be happy about being married!

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Such happy bubble photos!  Congratulations, Lindsey and Paul!

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Rachel & Martin are married!!!

Martin&Rachel I am SO beyond excited to post photos of Martin & Rachel's stunning Mercury Hall wedding.  While I didn't get to know them super well, as they live in New York, I think that their quirky-but-classy, laid-back wedding fit them perfectly.  And I love that they met at Southwestern, my alma mater!

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Rachel's sweet mom is a florist and has great taste, meaning I about died from the gorgeousness of the flowers created by Pollen.

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Such a sweet and simple first look.  No fuss, just excitement to see each other!

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Seeing so many weddings, it's easy to get jaded with normal wedding routines, so seeing Rachel and Martin just do whatever made them happy was really refreshing.

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So much more than pretty details, beautiful relationships at weddings steal my heart, but this wedding had both in overflowing quantities.  The coordinators at Your Wedding, Your Way, the vintage rental company Loot, and Pollen (not to mention Rachel & Martin's talent for finding awesome Etsy vendors) worked together to create one of the most unique and perfect receptions I've ever seen.

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Not going to lie, I ran around like a crazy person photographing the lovely dinner set up during the cocktail hour.  Especially the succulent boxes made by the mother of the bride, a few of which I now treasure :)

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Kenny & Corey are married!

CK I genuinely think that all weddings are beautiful, because each one represents a declaration of love and commitment.  But every once in a while, a wedding comes along that just makes me jump up and down with excitement.  Kenny and Corey's happened to be one of those.  Their obvious joy and carefree attitude, along with SUPER FUN bright fiesta colors everywhere, seriously made my job a blast.  CK5

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I never get tired of shooting at The Villa on Lake Georgetown.  The light and backdrops are the stuff of photographer's dreams.

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I kept finding unexpected and delightful splashes of color everywhere.  Needless to say, I took way too many photos.

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Just try and look at these photos without smiling.  Everyone shared in Corey and Kenny's joy, including their sweet puppy dog!

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Can I have this wall and take it home with me, please?

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The whole reception was a labor of love by the people closest to them.

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I'm drooling just thinking about Dos Salsa's catering....so yummy.

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Corey & Kenny exited in a zealous shower of sprinkles, one of the more creative exits I've seen.  Upside to sprinkles, if some get in your mouth, it tastes yummy!

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Ellen & Chris are married!!!

E&C Isn't it crazy how time flies?  Being relatively young, I'm constantly amazed at how quickly our lives change; nothing puts that into perspective like a wedding.  Four and a half years ago, I welcomed a big group of nervous and excited freshman girls into the residence hall where I was an RA.  Now one of those girls is married and I had the honor of documenting her as she became a wife!  In my years at SU and living in Georgetown, I would see both Chris and Ellen reaching out in different ways to be a part of solid communities and to be positive role models to others, from Bible studies, to church young adults groups, to Young Life.  Knowing how wonderful they are individually, I'm just so happy to see how much joy they bring each other when together.

We started off the day at St. John's, the church where Chris pastors the youth.  I love me some stained glass windows!

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I love how unique Ellen's ring is, and the little pop of blue that the sapphires add!  Also, succulents make for awesome photos.

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Funny story: Ellen's sister is also named Shelley, and apparently we have a lot in common, so that was fun!  Having two Shelleys around did cause a little bit of confusion though, that never happens!  Shelly (Ellen's sister, not writing in third person there) got married two years ago and as little tribute, Ellen wore her veil, along with several other sentimental borrowed items.

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And seriously, Ellen.  Wow.  You're beautiful!  Many thanks to Willow and Vine Event Design who did all the flowers for the wedding!  It's amazing what a difference gorgeous florals make in the feel of a wedding.

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And now for the guys!  This was fun because I already knew a couple of the guys, and one groomsmen will get his turn as the groom in front of my camera this summer :)

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Chris gave his groomsmen monogrammed pocket watches as gifts...so classy!

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Ellen & Chris decided not to do a first look, but exchanged beautiful, thoughtful, and personal gifts that perfectly represent the deep care and honor they show each other.  Then they spoke on the phone for a few minutes just before walking down the aisle to become husband and wife!  My freaking awesome second shooter Carlos spent a few minutes with Chris while I was with Ellen before we both snuck out to give the bride and groom at least a couple of minutes of privacy.

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At this point in time, I'd like to give a shout out to Angel and Lauren of Your Very Own Fairy Godmother wedding planners.  They rock.  Everything went so smoothly because they were always on the ball!  They even organized family photo groups for me.  Such a stress reliever having them there!

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YAY!!!  Married!

Though I've shot a lot of weddings by myself, the absolute best thing about having a second shooter is getting shots like this.  While I was making sure that I was all ready to go with the bride and groom, Carlos got this amazing photo of Ellen & Chris' get away car.  With the old house and classic car, it feels like we went back in time.

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We then headed to Cimarron Hills for the reception, a venue that never fails to be gorgeous.

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Mmmmm happy bride and groom, golden sunlight, classic car.  The photographer is in a good mood!

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To everyone who made this reception happen: major props.  Cimarron doesn't need much help looking great, but wow.  Just wow.  Up lighting by Intelligent Lighting Design?  Now I'm just dying of happiness.

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Cakes by Kathy made the lovely desserts!

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I loved Ellen's dad's toast, including the story of how God so ironically answered a very specific prayer for a godly man in Ellen's life.

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During dinner, the light only got prettier.

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Everyone had a good time dancing, thanks to the awesome djs from Texas Pro DJ and a fun surprise swing dance lesson for the guests from Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

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Congratulations, Ellen & Chris!  May God bless your marriage!

A few more people to thank for making this beautiful day happen:

Hair & Makeup: Posh Salon

Rentals: Premiere

Linens: Unique Events and Design

Classic Car: Transportation Consultants

Photobooth: Say Cheese Photobooths

Valet: Uptown Valet

Jordan & Randy are married!

J&R1 One of my goals as a photographer is to improve with each wedding because I know that each wedding I can learn from my mistake.  Inevitably each wedding poses some challenge, whether it be tough lighting, technical difficulties, or a shortened timeline. But every once in a while, a wedding comes along where everything I've learned falls into place and it all works out perfectly!  This was one of those weddings...a gorgeous happy couple, a super fun bridal party, perfect light, amazing vendors, and an awesome party!  Jordan and Randy are the kind of people who make me love my job even more than I already do.

Linda of Breathtaking Blooms set the stage for the wedding with gorgeous pink and white flowers everywhere, making Reunion Ranch the perfect vintage country wedding venue.

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Jordan's gorgeous dress, which she trusted us to bring outside, was the epitome of a princess dress and actually comes from Alfred Angelo's Disney line of dresses!  I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale love story :)

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Maybe I should send this to Alfred Angelo for advertising.  The prettiness is almost too much for me to handle.

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My friends Haylee and Macy (so grateful that their family recommended me to Jordan!) made the sweetest junior bridesmaids!

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I've got to give a little love to the guys, too.  They were looking pretty schnazzy, and I even got Zack, one of the ring bearers to show them how to be rock stars!

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Before the ceremony, Jordan, her bridesmaids, and her wonderful mom took some time to pray for the wedding and more importantly, Randy and Jordan's future together.  Their prayers reminded me how special it is to begin a marriage with the surety and solid foundation of a relationship with God, and the joy that He takes in displaying His love through marriages.

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The ceremony archway was decorated beautifully with flowers and lace.

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Party time!  Reunion Ranch is perfectly suited for vintage, country chic receptions!  I love the heirloom tables that are becoming popular because family histories are so special in celebrating the foundation of each person entering to a marriage.

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One of my favorite things about Reunion Ranch is that they have someone work a spotlight during important moments.  Hello, backlighting!  Jordan's dad's toast ranks among the best toast/welcoming speech I've ever heard, since he included a story and photos of the first time that Jordan brought Randy home to meet her parents.  Her mom and dad dressed up in old-fashioned, super conservative clothes and interrogated him.  He passed the test, and it's a pretty awesome story now!  To make it even better, Jordan's parents dressed up in other over-the-top outfits and then had the guests vote on which photo was the real one.  I just about died laughing (quietly, of course, gotta keep up the professional appearance).

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Ok, so I have too many favorite moments in weddings.  But this was so awesome!  During dinner, the groomsmen rushed over and grabbed me to get a spontaneous shot of the bridal party posed as the last supper.  Thanks to someone's smartphone, they pulled up the painting and figured out each person's pose.

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Many thanks to my friend and fellow photographer, Becca for helping me and getting these great shots from the balcony!

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I love a good toast.  It's easy to be too cheesy, too short, too long, too personal, too impersonal, but the bride's brother and the best man seriously nailed it.  Funny, heartwarming, inspiring and a little emotional.  If you need tips, ask these guys!

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Congratulations, Jordan and Randy!  It was a joy to be part of your wedding!

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Jenn & Ben are married!

JB It seems like I waited FOREVER to shoot Jenn and Ben's wedding!  It was truly a pleasure to get to know them over the course of their engagement.  I'm pretty sure that everyone who meets them would agree that they are so fun and the wedding lived up to that reputation.  I've never laughed so hard at a wedding or so often at a wedding!  Kindred Oaks (as usual) made the perfect place for them to declare their commitment to one another and then have a stinking awesome party.

I feel like I'm constantly bragging on Zuzu's Petals, but they deserve it!  Their bouquets are always exquisite.

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Ahhh, Jenn looked so beautiful.  Her phenomenal hair and make-up was done by Shaune from Bang Salon.

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And did you ever see a cuter flower girl?!  Such a scene-stealer.

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My wonderful friend and second shooter Jessie was kind enough to grab some photos of the guys.

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This was one of my most favorite moments of the whole time.  Jenn and her father have a close relationship, so their embrace before the ceremony was so sweet.

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The cloudy day made for AMAZING light at the ceremony.

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And then the fun never stopped!

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During Jenn and Ben's first dance, the flower girl and a little boy copied every twirl and spin that the newlyweds made.  They had the whole place in stitches!  I almost couldn't take photos I was laughing so hard.

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I also have to point out that I am seriously jealous of Jenn's dance skills.  I knew that she had dancing in her background, but wow.  She and the bridal party kept the crowd dancing with their awesome energy.

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor!!!

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Anna & Cole are married!

Anna&Cole It was so hard to narrow down photos from Anna & Cole's beautiful March wedding at the Villa on Lake Georgetown because not only were the details and venue amazing, but they are just awesome people!  Anna teaches and coaches and Cole is a minor league baseball players, so both of them are in the position of a role model.  Even just from shooting their wedding I know that they set a good example for the people they are in front of every day.

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Pretty girls in pink!  The beautiful flowers were actually done by some family members.

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But let me tell you, we had a good time trying to get a serious photo from the guys.  They looked super sharp though!

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The guest were greeted by a lovely display of vintage item and a guest book filled with photos of Anna & Cole, setting the stage for the vintage, romantic theme of the whole wedding!

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This display of heirloom items, along with all the other vintage things, really did come from Anna's family!  Anna's mom did an amazing job putting together everything in a way that was worthy of a professional, in my opinion.

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The ceremony was decorated simply, and elegantly, with rustic tin buckets of baby's breath and a chandelier that I wish I could steal!

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Despite the rain earlier that day, Anna's prayers were answered, the rain stopped, and the ceremony got to be outside overlooking the lake!

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When I asked Anna what some of her favorite moment of the wedding were, she said that seeing Cole's reaction when she walked down the aisle was on of them.  I have to agree, and I always love getting to photograph that moment!

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The fading light presented a challenge photography-wise, but made for a gorgeous twilight ceremony!  And the sunset with the clouds leftover from the storm?  So pretty!

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This wedding really showed that while natural light might be my forte, nighttime offers a totally different and seriously gorgeous opportunity to get something a little different!

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The lovely pink and grey romantic, vintage theme carried through and made for a lovely reception!  For favors, guests could make up bags of yummy candy.

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The centerpieces almost made my vintage-loving self drool.

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The precious mini cakes by Be My Cupcake tasted just as good as they looked!

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The Villa on Lake Georgetown's reception hall is a great space for a party and I thoroughly enjoyed my first time shooting in the new building!

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One of the most touching parts of the wedding for me was the dollar dance because unlike a typical dollar dance which raises money for the couple's honeymoon, Anna and Cole decided to make the dance a fundraiser for Anna's cousin's son, Logan, who is dealing with a rare form of childhood cancer.  It was a really beautiful way to honor and support their family.  Any prayers for Logan and his family would be greatly appreciated!

There were also some amazing dancers making the party super fun, aided by the always awesome DJ Blake Hunter.

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In a tribute to Cole's baseball career, he put the garter on a baseball and pitched it, the fun kind of detail that really makes a wedding unique!

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Congratulations, Anna & Cole!  It was such a pleasure photographing y'all's wedding!

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I have to also give a shout out to my amazing second shooter, Carlos, and assistant, Becca.  Sometimes photographers get sick, and unfortunately I wasn't feeling too well on this day, but they supported me so well the whole wedding.

Jen & Jeremy are married!

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Convenient to the classy color scheme of navy and yellow, I found yellow flowers!  Yay spring!

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Both Jen & Jeremy's rings have special little touches that make them so personal.  See those little blue and green stones?  Those are the bride and groom's birthstones, and they plan to add the birthstones of their children when they start having kids!  How sweet is that?!

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Tammie Garza & Su-Min Ruliffson did a wonderful job on the hair and make up for all the lovely ladies.

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Too much prettiness, I can't handle it!  Fleurish Austin put together the beautiful flowers for the day.

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After they got all spiffied up, I took the boys on a little adventure in a field!  It wasn't actually that much of an adventure, but it's the best we could do :)

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In the few final moments before the ceremony, Jen & Jeremy shared a few moments together to talk and pray for one another.

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The it was go time!

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Vintage Villas has such a gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the lake.

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My favorite moment...man and wife!!

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We finished just in time to take advantage of the most gorgeous sunset light ever.

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Then reception time!  I cheated and took a few photos earlier so that you could see all the pretty details before they were overrun with happy people.

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The handwritten place cards by Melissa Tang were beautiful.  That kind of talent amazes me!

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Jen & Jeremy danced to JJ Heller's Boat Song, which you should go look up right now!  It will make your day happier, I promise.

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As usual, Classic Cakes by Lori made two beautiful and yummy cakes!

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Then lots of dancing!  And let me tell you, everyone had a good time.  But you can probably see that for yourself :)

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And what A&M wedding would be complete without the Aggie War Hymn?

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So excited to be officially married!

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Such  a fun day, topped of by a bubble and cheering filled exit!  Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Payne!

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I'm engaged!

This post is now a long time coming, but as you probably all know, I'm engaged!  In the summer of 2009, I would drive to Georgetown each Sunday where I would have a Bible study with some friends and go to church. One Sunday after I had returned from a trip to Tanzania, a new cute young man attended my church for the first time. He began joining us for Bible study and impressed me by volunteering hours and hours of his time to help out a disabled couple I had started assisting. Though there were immediate sparks, Brad impressed me further with his humility and desire to grow with the Lord before he began a relationship. The other problem came from the fact that he went to Vanderbilt several states away. Over the next few years we grew to be good friends when Brad was back in town (although some of my friends will never accept that we were just friends). God did so much in each of us over those years, as well as growing an affection for each other. If you want to hear the longer story of some of the amazing thing the Lord used to draw us together, you'll have to ask me in person sometime! But needless to say, we did feel God leading us into a relationship! Ironically enough, that began right when Brad left for Costa Rica for six months for an engineering mission trip in January 2012. I convinced my mom (not that it was difficult) to take a vacation to Costa Rica to visit Brad over the summer and we had an amazing time exploring. The thing I enjoyed most though was seeing my mom get to know Brad and see the way he treats me with love and respect. Brad & I-5

Since Brad has been back in the states, we have learned so much about how to love and serve one another in a relationship.  But we've also had so much fun!  We both share a love for discovering the beauty for God's creation and take any chance to be outside.  I'm so grateful for the way that God reminds me daily who I am through Brad and how he lifts me up to be the radiant person I was made to be.

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We've always know that we were dating with marriage in mind, so I knew that a proposal would come before too long.  The day after Valentine's Day, we went out to my parent's ranch where I grew up my whole life to celebrate my mom's birthday.  Little did I know though, that we weren't celebrating my mom's birthday!  Brad suggested walking up to the beautiful pasture with a big (in my eyes) oak tree where we had talked about getting married.  Being a happy clueless person, I really didn't know what was coming, but after walking around the oak tree, Brad got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.  I was speechless for a few moments before I could squeak out a yes and then start jumping up and down for joy!  He then put a gorgeous golden ring on my finger and it was official...we are engaged!

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The story of my ring is just a little picture of the care and thoughtfulness Brad puts into the things he cares about.  Knowing my love of all things trees, especially oak trees, he fashioned a ring out of an oak twig from the tree in front of his house and took it to a jeweler where they cast the twig and a flower in gold for the most perfect engagement ring ever.  Brad gave me the choice of what stone to add and, of course, I chose a light aqua stone.  I can't imagine a more wonderful symbol of our commitment.  Since I'm in the wedding industry, I'm so excited to have my own wedding, but more than ANYTHING, I'm just so happy to be marrying this Godly man who serves the people around him, delights in adventure, and is so intentional in loving me.

Sarah & Carlos's Wedding Story

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Now a few photos to tell Sarah & Carlos' story in a different way.  As usual, Zuzu's outdid themselves with the delicate pink and white florals.

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Sarah & Carlos DIYed a lot of the details, including this sweet wreath with photos of the two of them growing up.

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When I borrowed Sarah's engagement ring, she pointed out the coolest thing about it- there are infinity symbols hidden in it!

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As the guys prepared for the big day, they opened their super cool gifts- original comic books from Carlos, and superhero cufflinks from Sarah!

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Of course, they had to show off their cufflinks!

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Meanwhile the girls were getting all prettied up.  I loved seeing how close Sarah is to her parents.  She made sure to incorporate lots of family heirlooms into the day, and even wore her mom's veil, which matched her dress as if they were made together!

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Kindred Oaks has the prettiest light for walking down the aisle.

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Woohoo!  Husband and wife!

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Of course, we had to go take some photos with the LOVE letters that Kindred Oaks recycled from their old deck!  And let me tell you, this bridal party rocked it.

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My favorite part...time alone with the newlyweds!

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Kathy, of Cakes by Kathy, did a beautiful job, as usual!  It's probably too small to see, but Carlos' cake topper has a Silver Surfer shirt :)

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Congratulations, Sarah & Carlos!

Le San Michele Wedding- Debbie & Randy!

DR For my first wedding of the year, I was honored to photograph Debbie & Randy's beautiful wedding at the gorgeous Buda venue, Le San Michele. As soon as I stepped on the property, it felt like I had left Texas and transported to France.  Or what France looks like in my imagination, at least!  I was actually the first to arrive and took the opportunity to explore the house and property.

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Being a connoisseur of color, I adored the blues and golds that showed up everywhere.

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Debbie's vintage/romantic wedding dress is from Unbridaled, a quirky and unique bridal boutique in Austin.

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I always love the moments when people arrive and greet one another happily and/or tearfully.  Those quiet moments before the craziness of the wedding are always so sweet.

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In order to get family photos before the ceremony, Randy & Debbie spent a few moments just with each other.  No matter how often I photograph these moments, I never get tired of them.

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In the quickly fading light, we got a few natural light portraits.

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All the beautiful flowers were put together by Randy's sister.

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Quick, before the ceremony starts, let's run back outside for the sunset!!!

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Isn't Le San Michele just beautiful?!  I'm such a sucker for those lights.

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The first dance was slightly chilly, but worth it to be under all the sparkling lights!

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For the reception, everyone enjoyed catering by Mandola's and cake by Central Market.

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Congratulations, Debbie & Randy!

Fun and exciting updates!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAOGU8JidME I'm so proud to finally share my new website and promo video! It's been a long process, but so worth it. The website has been a thorn in my side for a while, and though it's not perfect yet, I'd rather have an imperfect website than agonize over something that I never publish. It's the same address, so make sure to take a look around :)

Even more exciting is the fact that I have the most wonderful promo video! My two creative partners-in-crime, Carlos Barron and Antonio Banda meet up monthly to brainstorm and embark on creative projects just to keep our artistic brains working. Our second big project involved producing a video to share who I am and express my love for photography and I couldn't be happier with it! Though collaborating can seem intimidating because of artistic differences, it reaps so much fruit when unique talents and perspectives add to the final product. I'm so grateful for the time and talent Carlos and Antonio put into making my promo video!

P.S. The super fun song is Circus of Love by Benjamin Dunn, licensed by the Music Bed.