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Ashley & Parker: Kindred Oaks wedding (pt. 2)

Ok, here's round two of Ashley and Parker's wedding!  As you may remember, we left off as Ashley's father walked her down the aisle.  The ceremony followed pretty much as ceremonies do, but with the unique infusion of love and joy that makes every wedding special. Because we'd already gotten the formal photos done, we got to go straight to the reception!  And as you can tell by how the wedding party entered, it was a good time.  Parker & Ashley's first dance was super sweet- they danced to Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund's "Give in to Me."  As I was shooting, I was frustrated that I couldn't get any shots without people in the background.  But then it hit me- how awesome is it that Parker and Ashley are starting this part of their life together literally  surrounded by people who love and support them?  Love when revelations hit me while I'm taking photos.

Seeing the beautiful sunset behind the reception hall, I grabbed Parker and Ashley after their first dance while everyone was getting food and got a few more shots of them.  Little did I know that these would turn out to be some of my favorite bride and groom portraits yet.

Enough of the adorableness and back to the party!  Dinner was catered by CJ's, an awesome catering company that I've worked weddings with before and am always impressed by the food.

After dinner it was time for dancing!

Receptions are just filled with so many fun things- cake, dancing, photobooths- what more could you want?  The "Angry Bird" grooms cake by The Cakery in Lubbock was definitely a favorite.  And as you can see, people really had a good time dancing!

After much more dancing and fun times, it was time for Parker and Ashley to make their grand exit!  And I'd say an old red Rolls Royce is a pretty fun way to exit as a newly married couple.  Don't ask me any more about the car, because I don't know anything about cars, but it sure did look pretty!

Many blessings on y'all's marriage, Parker and Ashley, it was such a joy to document the beginning of y'all's life together!

Kindred Oaks Wedding: Parker & Ashley's sneak peek!

This past Sunday, much of central Texas watched anxiously as fires spread across the countryside.  But in the midst of the fires and the drought and the heat, Parker and Ashley were blessed with a beautiful wedding at Kindred Oaks.  All day I was praying that we would get some clouds, that it would cool down, and that the gale-force winds wouldn't blow everyone away, and indeed, by the time I arrived at Kindred Oaks, everything was perfect! One of my favorites moments occurred right before the photo on the left.  As she held his hand, Ashley looked at the new wedding band on Parker's ring finger and asked how it felt.  "It feels big," he responded at first, feeling the weight of the ring, but after a looking at his wife he added, "no, it feels perfect."    I hope that these photos (and the many, many more to come) convey that sweet contentment Ashley and Parker exude when they're together.