I really cannot get enough of Hailey and Chad's gorgeous wedding at Wind Dancer Retreat in Bryan. It was my first time out there, and I was soooo in love with the beautiful light that came through the trees while we were taking their bride and groom portraits. Talk about romantic. These two are such passionate people in their own separate lives, it's no wonder their love for Christ and each other runs so strongly. I loved meeting with Hailey throughout her wedding planning process and getting to see more of her sweet heart and learning about her love for Chad. I'm just so happy they had a gorgeous spring day to celebrate that love! I didn't get to stay through the entire wedding day, but I'm so thankful to have captured some really important moments for them to look back on for a lifetime.
Eeee! I'm so excited to share Michael and Emily's engagement session! These two are getting married this Saturday in a historic church outside of Austin and I know it will be gorgeous. Emily and Michael originally volunteered to model for a shoot I was planning with my good friend Tara Barnes, and after that they asked if I would be their wedding photographer. I couldn't say no! You can just tell how much they love each other when they're in each others' arms, it's pretty awesome and makes my job so darn easy. Michael and Emily met each other through Aggie Wranglers here at A&M, and haven't looked back since. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited to see what they have in store for their first dance!
Special thanks to Leanna Duran of Naturally Flawless for the gorgeous makeup and Esther Gonzalez for that magnificent braid!
Images taken with Portra 400 on a Pentax 645N + Canon EOS 1V. Scanned by The Find Lab.
Oh what a joy it is to have returning clients! To get the opportunity to see them again in life is so much fun. Lauren and Austin celebrated their second wedding anniversary this past December, and to help them commemorate the occasion, we went out to the Amish Barn at Edge (such a wonderful venue with fantastic people!). The sunshine decided to peek out this year unlike last year, and I'm so glad it did! Here are some of my favorites from their sweet session.
My very first styled shoot was featured on Burnett's Boards last week, so I am so excited to be able to finally share this here on my own blog! Planning a styled shoot has long been a goal of mine. I wrote it down at the beginning of 2016 in a journal full of ambitions and goals and prayed a bit about it. I'm not a planner by any means, there is definitely a reason I'm a photographer and not a wedding planner, so I was a bit worried none of this would come together whatsoever. But, the Lord always finds a way, and I met two of the most inspiring people last year that would help my little dream become a reality.
I met Kali Measures of Kindle & Gather, who is the styling genius behind this shoot, through a client we were both working with for their wedding during the first half of the year. I quickly realized on the wedding day how much I enjoyed being in her company and working with her, so I told myself I'd have to contact her soon to see if she'd be interested in doing a collaboration.
Fast forward a few months, I emailed her my ideas for this moody and romantic shoot, and she replied with a yes, of course! I don’t think I could have managed without her. Shelby, the model in this inspiration, was also a source of encouragement and her constant drive gave me the courage to really get the planning process of this shoot going. So it was pretty natural for me to ask her to be the bride!
When finding inspiration, I thought back to the tones that I've always been naturally drawn to. Deep blues, burgundies, and dark wood tones are some of my favorite and it was easy to be inspired by the mood Carrington Crossing brought to our shoot. Located in Downtown Buda, just a few minutes outside of Austin, this antique store turned wedding venue gives you some of that old world Texas charm. The upstairs rooms had some of the most beautiful natural light, and the abundance of different textures was so incredible. From an ivy wall in the side yard to peeling paint and rich wooden floors, I knew it was the perfect location for this wedding shoot. My original source of inspiration was from gold ink on navy blue paper, and Katelyn from August & Ember took that vision and created the most beautiful set of invitations, right down to the gorgeous envelope liner. Evan from The Green Room created the perfect bouquet full of dahlias, ranunculus, and wild leafy greens, that instantly reminded me of early winter here in Texas. The colors are perfect for an early winter wedding here in Texas, which I think is one of the most romantic times of the year. Unbridaled’s sleeved lace dress had a touch of romance and classic elegance, and the flow of the skirt was pretty much magic.
I hope you guys enjoy this wedding inspiration! It was so much fun to plan and shoot, and I'm sooo thankful to all of the wonderful creatives that put their heart into this. You guys are rockstars.
Styling & Design: Kindle & Gather // Venue: Carrington Crossing // Gown: Unbridaled // Hair & Make-Up: LucieMarie // Florals: The Green Room Floral // Calligraphy: August & Ember // Cake: 2Tarts Bakery // Rentals: Revive Vintage Rentals // Tabletop: LOOT Vintage Rentals // Plates: Kate Spade // Film Dev & Scan: The FIND Lab