Meet Allison & Robert, who wanted to capture the essence of Dallas in their engagement pictures. These two met in a circle of friends at The University of Texas. You wouldn’t be able to tell it by these happy smiles, but they are one of many couples who have had to postpone their wedding day due to the ‘covids’. What a year…
One thing I learned is that they are currently making their way through Schitt’s Creek, so of course we had to do the famous Alexis nose ‘boop’! They were game for anything I threw out, including dancing in the middle of the sidewalk with passerby’s peeking curiously with smiles. It was a super windy day in Dallas, but the wind gods were on our side for the most part and we had perfect weather.
After we wrapped up, we made our way to one of the fun spots in Deep Ellum for some food and drinks. One thing I love about destination engagement sessions is the time I get to spend with my couples as well as getting new perspectives and new places to shoot in. Dallas has no short of gorgeous places to capture love, but the chemistry is 99% of every session. I’d say these two had fun and made perfect images at the same time.
Planning a wedding in the year 2020 should have been a celebration for every couple. Instead, every couple, wedding photographer and frankly anyone in the industry or market was handed a giant clusterf…well, you know. Now on top of that, imagine that your wedding was the week of the first mandatory lockdown. March 20th, to be exact. That was supposed to be a brilliant day for Kristina and Albert.
But wait, there’s more. Imagine being a major dog lover and having your best fur friend unexpectedly pass away days before the wedding. Then, being called literally the day before the wedding and being told, ‘I’m so very sorry, but the fire marshal is going to venues shutting them down, we can’t marry you tomorrow.’ As you can imagine, this was more than devastating to Kristina & Albert. They unbelievably handled it with grace and a lot of tears. The *only* silver lining is that their original wedding date literally poured down rain all day long.
This made their new day so much sweeter. It all came together perfectly with only a light shower just a half hour before the ceremony. The only thing that could have made it more complete would have been to have their sweet Max. The family, the friends and the emotions were all there. Chardonnay and Dos XX were their drink of choice and the wedding party made sure their hands were never empty. To put the icing on the cake, I was just texted by Kristina this evening that they have finally found it in their hearts to make a new addition to their newly established family.
Welcome, Shiner. You and your parents have a great life ahead of you.
Aren’t her white toes adorable??
Venue: Madera Estates
Photographer: Eden Grey Photography
Hair & Makeup: Blushd Beauty
Dress, Veil & Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddings by Debbie
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Carters Florist
Caterer: Cafe Natalie
Cake: Sweets to Dream On
To say that Megan & Tony’s wedding at Iron Manor in Montgomery was a miracle is not an exaggeration. These two have been planning their wedding for well over two years. In the beginning, they were planning for a year earlier, but they made the decision to push it to the next year, the best option for them. After having a few hiccups with a previous venue and a few new possible dates, they found this gem being newly built just in time for their wedding day.
Finally, their special day came. And only a week before the world closed down. They had a full attendance and felt so lucky to have all of their closest friends and family come together to celebrate. Working with Megan & Tony has been such a great experience. Both kind, sweet and ready to laugh.
I love to see all of the celebrating in these photos. I miss being around this. The smiles, the hugs, the dancing. The love.
To all of us, and to celebrating together again soon.
Venue: Iron Manor
Coordinator: Set in Stone Events
Florist: Mayesh Wholesale Florist
Hair: Salon Elon
Makeup: Niki Tacker
Tux: Bryan Michaels from Milano Exchange
Caterer: Goat’s Mobile Catering
Band: Matt Wilson Band
Robes: To Happily Ever After from Etsy
Linens & Decor: Eat, Drink and Be Married
Stationary: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street
Transportation: Monarch Limousines
Megan was lucky enough to get married the Friday before large gatherings were about to be shut down. I finally get to show her bridal session. If you haven’t seen the new Iron Manor wedding venue, go check it out, it’s really beautiful.
Megan looked like a Disney princess in her off the shoulder gown. She, her Mom and I hopped from place to place with all of the gorgeous places to take photos. Here are a few of my favorites 😉
Venue: Iron Manor
Hair: Salon Elan
Makeup: Natly Denise
Photographing Tina & Jared’s wedding at The Oaks at Oak Plantation was a true honor. Family is very important to these two and they spent a lot of time thinking out the logistics of the day. Their attendants were specifically picked by Tina – her nieces, and escorted by their fathers. Tina wanted for her young nieces to have moments with each of their fathers so that they could get a personal idea of what it would be like to walk down the isle on their own wedding day. She loves her family so much, and as the youngest and only girl of many brothers, you could tell that they wanted this to be a super special day for their baby sister.
I experienced firsthand an incredibly gentle and patient person in Jared. He loves Tina so very much and you can visibly see this. His communication with her, the way he places his hand on her arm, his ability to be calm when their adorable fur children are going haywire, how he’s always watching out for her and even when she signs them up for pictures every few months! 😉
Tina & Jared decided they wanted to take their engagement pictures in Aspen last November. You may or may not know that flying in and out of Aspen is sketchy due to weather, so it’s best to fly in nearby-or Denver-which is what we did. It’s a 4 hour drive. A bit long but gorgeous, and it also gave us so much time to tell more about ourselves. We laughed, we cried and the walls came down. It was so good to bond with these two.
Love isn’t always easy. It is a choice that you make every single day. I pray that God holds these two close to Him and to each other.
Venue: The Oaks at Oak Plantation
Planning: Memo Garza of Anais Events
Florist: Anais Events
Hair: Laura Rivera & Co
Makeup: Bride & Karoline Makeup Artistry
Dress: from Whittington Bridal
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Catering: Ally’s Catering
Linens & Decor: Anais Events
When it comes to sunsets, in my opinion California takes the cake. There isn’t anywhere else that you get that creamy, buttery beautiful sun besides SoCal. That, along with the elegant stylings of Charla & Krystle made this set up perfect.
We started up at a house in the hills of Santa Barbara, collecting details and getting tips on how to best set and photograph a tablescape. Our couple got dressed and did their first look in the garden, and then we drove down a bit to get some pictures in this gorgeous original green vintage mustang.
From there, we set off to Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez mountains for a quiet and intimate elopement with just a handful of guests. As always, the weather was gorgeous, and our couple did a great job. Of course in every day life you don’t have a full hour of time for pictures but as you can see below, we got a lot of sun, some just as the sun set and even a few at dusk.
This styled elopement was fast paced but nothing near what it is on the real day. I enjoyed shooting at this workshop because it gave me the freedom to create new content, get out of my comfort zone and gaining more experience on different ways of shooting while not practicing on clients. 🙂
Venue: Private home – Santa Barbara, CA
Host & Planning: Charla Storey & Krystle Akin
Flowers: Honeycomb Affair
Dress: Galia Lahav
Tux: The Black Tux
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Invitations: Lettering by GRG
Hair & MU: Danielle Ryan Beauty
Styling Mat: Olive & Oak Mat
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lab: Goodman Film Lab
If you know me, chances are you’ve seen me around various places with this fierce chic. She helps me with the bridal show, she assists me at most of my weddings and she keeps me updated on all the new lingo that I’ve grown clueless with, LOL!
A few things about Caitlyn – She’s a communications major. She’s a hard worker. She’s on point with helping me at weddings. She’s a feminist. Most importantly thought, she gives me so much joy when she gives me one of her “Yas, Queen!” speeches. To say that this young woman who is about 10 years younger than me makes me feel better about myself as a person is an understatement. She’s always encouraging, accountable and she has a few older brothers who keep her educated on things like being a Dallas Cowboys fan, having a turntable and knowing good music.
I’m rambling but I just have to say that I’m so glad that she’s in this world. It’s a better place with her in it. While we were in California together for a workshop, we planned to take pictures on the Channel Islands just off the coast but the winds were rough that day. Honestly, I think it turned out perfectly. We went out to Lizards Mouth Rock area and honestly had a great time. It was pretty cool and the wind was up, but that only made for better pictures.
Beforehand, we stumbled across the Santa Barbara Farmers Market to admire all the fresh produce, fresh honey and wildflowers. We picked up a little bouquet of fresh flowers to take along with us. After we worked hard climbing rocks (her in her dress and her pink Outdoor Voices tennis shoes) we headed back down the mountain to another amazing dinner that we took advantage of while in town.
So glad you came with me on this trip, CaitCait! Such a memorable and fun time!