Archive for the ‘wedding’ Category

Nick + Chelsea

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Meet Nick and Chelsea.


Even though I’m not shooting a lot of weddings right now, I wanted to give my friends this engagement shoot as a wedding gift.



Chelsea is into photography too and had this dream of doing a canoe-themed engagement shoot.
Her roommate Rian helped us find just the perfect spot for a magical shoot. Rian even hitched the canoe to the ATV and dragged it down to the river for us.




Chelsea’s sister, Amanda, did a great job of dog babysitting, but Auggie just had to jump in the water. This was her first swim.






Some outtakes as Chelsea was trying (unsuccessfully) to keep a straight face.


This was Nick’s favorite part of the shoot. I know it is hard to be on the other side of the camera, but I’m glad Chelsea let me take a few photos of just her.






This shot below is one of my absolute favorites from the shoot. Nick and Chelsea look so happy and giddy–like two little kids playing on the playground.


And yes, balance was a real challenge standing in the canoe. Even though these two are really good athletes, they had a few close calls. . .



…yes, the dress did get wet.



Nick and Chelsea, I am so thankful for your upcoming marriage. There is so much to celebrate and be thankful for as I see God’s love and kindness in and through both of you.
Greg and I are here to support and encourage you.
We are so excited for both of you.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
–Colossians 3

Rene and Rachel

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

I’ve been taking a break from shooting weddings, but I still want to share some of the images that I enjoy. It feels wrong for them to just sit on my harddrive. I shot Rachel and Rene’s wedding for West Vita. This couple picked the super cool Welfare Cafe for their big day.

Thank you, Rachel and Rene, for allowing me to be part of your wedding day.

Jenny + Kendall

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

My cousin, Jenny, is getting married to Kendall this November. My younger son, Harrison, is so excited to help Jenny and Kendall as ring bearer at their wedding.
We all wanted to celebrate their upcoming marriage with an engagement shoot.

I love how Kendall is looking at Jenny in this picture. Precious.

Every photo shoot is an adventure in some way. This shoot involved some massive amounts of newly hatched caterpillars that were crawling everywhere–even on our clothes.

I LOVE rainbow flare!!!

Thank you, Jenny and Kendall, for allowing me to photograph this part of your story. My whole family enjoyed hosting you guys at our house for the weekend. See you in November!!!

Sarah & Lane are Married (part three)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

After the ceremony, Sarah and Lane’s family and friends enjoyed an afternoon reception.

Ready for wedding idea overload? Let the pinning begin . . .
Homemade pies instead of a groom’s cake–brilliant!

Chalkboard signage.

Campfire loaded up with baked potatoes in foil.

Baked potato bar with deluxe fixings

Pony rides and a petting zoo

Horseshoes (Bean bag toss and croquet was also an option. Twister circles were painted on the lawn.)

Fishing tournament

Hay rides

White umbrellas just in case it rains???

Sarah’s mom, Nancy, is off the charts in terms of visual creativity. She makes everything she touches more beautiful. This wedding was like a creative playground for her. I spent many hours in her home as a teenager, and I am grateful for her friendship through the years.

Prepackaged S’more kits. This campfire was (literally) the hot spot all day and night.

Sweet ring shot!!!

“Leaf Your Thumbprint” instead of a guest book. Instant, meaningful keepsake ready for display. The trunk read: LP + ST 12.31.11

Getaway vehicle

Sparklers and cowbells for leaving

I love how Sarah’s brother, Carter, is yelling at Sarah and Lane as they pass by.

Stringed lights and hanging lanterns.

And after all of the goodness of the afternoon reception, we all took a break and returned a few hours later for a casual New Years’ Eve Party.

Yummy brats. Looks like Rick has skill at the grill.

A little dancing.

Wooden bowl filled with candles.


Sparklers to ring in the New Year.

The official start to a new year and a new life together! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer!

Thank you, West, for shooting with me and for joining my family for a few days. I appreciate your “skillz” and friendship.

Thank you Sarah, Lane, and Nancy for inviting me to shoot this wedding. I feel like I was given the finest ingredients (nice people whom I care about, creative trust, honest emotion, beautiful light, bright colors, warm weather, a unique space, and beautiful details) and challenged to make the meal of my life. I feasted on all the light and life of this day. I hope you visually feast on these images for many years to come. I took them with a lot of love for your family.

Sarah & Lane are Married (part two)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

In a sea of so many favorites, this one really stands out for me. I love it!

Sarah’s Aunt who is also named Sarah made this wonderful Rice Krispie Treat wedding cake covered in fondant. It was displayed beautifully at the front of Nancy and Rick’s amazing outdoor, open aired kitchen.

Old washing machine transformed into a cooler for drinks.

This is what it looks like when you never want to let go.

Honestly, I don’t know how they made it through the ceremony without some major tears.

Russell Boyd, a piano bar player, did a great job of playing some good music and creating a fun atmosphere. I guess it is not often that he gets to ditch the bar and play some sweet tunes on a rock overlooking a lake. I know where I’d rather be. . .

Sarah & Lane are Married (part one)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Sarah and Lane got married on New Years Eve Day in north east Texas at Sarah’s mom’s lake home.

Their wedding day was a feast–full of emotion, golden light, beautiful details, and fabulous food.

Sarah and her mom, Nancy, assembled a team of friends (new and old) to handcraft this one-of-a-kind celebration that lasted all day. And I had the amazing privilege of telling this magical story.

Lane is an old soul with a throw back look. He seems most at home in the outdoors. I think that this photo picks up on that.

Sarah’s dad married her and Lane so Sarah’s two brothers walked her down the aisle.

I have known Tim for almost 20 years and his passion for talking about God has not diminished. (It is hard to tell this story as just a photographer. I stood in Sarah’s spot almost 14 years ago when Tim married Greg and me.)

I love this shot of West’s that shows Sarah and Lane’s emotion right after their wedding ceremony.

If you didn’t read my notes above and are wondering why the pastor is creeping on the bride, I’ll repeat it here 🙂
The pastor also doubled as Sarah’s dad.

Lesson here: Please listen to your photographer when she suggests that you take your family line up shots outside–even if you get married inside. The light is almost always better.

I love this take on the awkward family photo.

Sarah’s Bridals

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I spent part of my birthday photographing this fabulous bride in a partially vacant hotel.

It was fun working with Sarah. She is down to earth. She’s comfortable in her own skin. She is beautiful. She had a certain “spark” about her. And she listens really well when you are shooting her.

And she brought along her creative mom, Nancy (whom I have known for years) and her super supportive maid of honor, Jacqueline. Jacqueline literally gave Sarah the shirt off of her back. They really appreciated the location and embraced the experience. All three of these women braved a mega amount of dust.
But here’s what happens when you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty. (And do you SEE any dirt in any of the pictures? No. Because brides, it is worth it to get a tiny bit dirty in your dress.)

Thank you, West, for this great shot.

Dear clients, when you trust your photographer wholeheartedly and give her creative freedom and when you let a photographer get to know you, the magic begins for both of you.

Thank you, John, for giving us permission to shoot in your home.
And did I mention that Sarah and her husband, Lane, had the most A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding New Years’ Eve?
I can’t wait to tell you more about the big day when they’re ready. Wait for it. . .


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

I got to ring in the New Year with this bride, Sarah.
I had a wonderful time photographing her bridals in an empty, old hotel.
I can’t wait to share more of her bridals and her wedding day.

. . . Sarah, I think you look a bit like an angel in this photo.

I’m hoping this past weekend sets the stage for a New Year full of wonderful clients and beautiful photos like this one. Happy New Year!

A Timeless Romance

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Christian and Hilary are getting married next summer. . . in Scotland.
And even though I won’t be hopping the pond to photograph their wedding day, I did get to celebrate their engagement with this shoot.
I love how this shoot turned out. It was such a fun mix of modern/ urban and throw back/ vintage.

Glowy flare and intense texture = 🙂

Cuties. Hilary and Christian’s expressions in this shot are contagious.

This pocket watch is not a prop. Christian carries it everywhere. For real.

Congratulations, Hilary and Christian! Thank you so much for inviting me to take these pictures of you. I’m excited about spring bridals!

Andy & Kristan are Married (part 3)

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Kristan and Andy had their reception at the Westin Riverwalk.
As a photographer, I love coming here–bright and clean rooms for getting ready, a professional staff, a great location, and beautiful grounds.

This shot occurred right after one of my favorite moments of the entire day. I asked Andy if he would be willing to let us take some photos of him and Kristan on the balcony. His response was this, “You are great photographers. We know how hard you work and that you are getting great shots. Whatever you want–we’ll make it happen. Just tell us what to do.” Wow. That kind of support and vote of confidence meant so much to me. It motivated me even more to push myself creatively.

Lesson here: When you have big personalities, you don’t have to pose anyone. 😉

A guest showed Kristan and Andy a funny video on his phone. I like the progression of the next 4.

I love this next pair together. . .

This was such a FUN party. The dance floor was full the entire time. It was a pleasure to see Chris Koval of Future Sounds DJ-ing the event. I’ve run into him several times at weddings and he is simply the best. He creates a fun atmosphere, works hard, and handles himself in a professional way. Learn more about him HERE.

Don’t ask. . .

A goodbye from Kristan’s parents and a cameo appearance from the last couple I photographed–Felicity and Russell. See more from their wedding HERE. Coincidentally, Felicity and Kristan used to work together. Both hired me before knowing that the other had. I get kind of attached to the couples that I shoot so it is always wonderful to see familiar faces at a wedding.

Congratulations, Kristan and Andy!