I got an e-mail from Nikki about a month after sending her her bridal portrait gallery and in it she wrote

“So I’m looking at the bridal portraits for the millionth time, and I just want to thank you. I can’t help thinking about showing these to our kids someday when they’re planning their own weddings.”

And it made me smile. I get that feeling myself sometimes myself when I look at photos, like, “These. These are the photos I want my children to hold on to as their favorite photos of their momma.” I love looking back at photos of my mom before I was born, or from when I was really little before I could actually form my own memories of her. It’s like little peaks back into her world, like getting to know her just a little more than before.

Oh, Nikki, you and me both would love for these to be photos you show your future children years from now.

 

If you’ve ever met with me even just to discuss wedding photography I’ve said these words to you (perhaps multiple times too) — plan a wedding day that you actually enjoy. If you do that I can give you great photos. Danielle + Tim did that. They surrounded themselves with all their favorite people, wrote their vows in their words, and snuck off after the ceremony to celebrate their minute-old marriage with some champagne. They ran and high-fived everyone for their reception entrance and had tacos and margaritas for the appetizers. Then commenced a most epic dance party — complete with live band and a makeshift limbo and jump rope portion — and wrapped the night up with confetti and a food truck.

This was a Danielle-and-Tim wedding through and through, and that makes me happy.

I found it so funny that Tim + Danielle’s candid sibling photos ended up looking almost identical.

These three boys trying to jump all at the same time (to no avail) makes me think of The Office episode where they’re trying to get a jumping Christmas card and Erin keeps jumping before ‘one’ because she “doesn’t want to miss it!” — cracks me uppppppp.

A friend of the bride and groom surprised them by having shaved Danielle and Tim’s initials into his chest hair and, well, I thought it was too funny not to share.

Vendors:

Nasher Sculpture Center

Refined Romance Events

Beauty by Yari

Flourish Floral Designs

Big D Party Rentals

Downtown Fever

Wolfgang Puck

Emily Paige Films

Ruthie’s Food Truck

 

Since we’ve had 80-degree weather the past couple of days I thought it appropriate to share Katie and Tyler’s sunny October engagement session with y’all. You guys, give me a hilarious couple + skipping in a floral off-the-shoulder dress + a groom who randomly throws up a shaka (hang loose) sign during the engagement session and I’m a happy photographer.

I love these dripping sunshine ones but I gotta tell you that some of my favs from this session were taken in those last 5 minutes of light on the water. Man oh man, that last light gets me every time. Enjoy some of my favs from Katie and Tyler’s White Rock Lake engagement session.

Their first date was at West Oak Coffee Bar. Well, at least it was supposed to be there, until Jacob’s alarm didn’t go off (he accidentally had set it as a weekday alarm instead of a weekend) and Liz sat there waiting on him to show up, praying that he wouldn’t because WHO WAS THIS GUY GONNA BE ANYWAY, and was a blind date really worth the effort it takes to meet someone new? Her prayers were answered, this bozo stood her up.

And I suppose that could have very well been the end of the story. Except Jacob apologized profusely and Liz is incredibly gracious, so they had a second first date a week or so later. Jacob arrived half an hour early this time. That was January. And now they get married in two days.

As the older sister to the bozo, I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to have my brother marry someone as warm and thoughtful and generous and wonderful and (OBVIOUSLY) beautiful inside and out as Lizbeth. She’s PRIMO sister material, as she’s already shown time and time and time again even in the relatively short span I’ve had the privilege of knowing her.

And, y’all, just look at how unbelievably happy my brother is. LOOK.

A HUGE HUGE HUGE FOREVER THANK YOU to our collective friend Cindy who set up Jacob and Liz  in the first place.

To Jacob she said, “You need to date my friend, Liz. She’s amazing and you’d hit it off.”

To Liz she said, “You should meet Jacob — you both like travel and missions and you’re both kind of weird.”

BOTH ARE TRUE AND THIS — all the love and joy that can be so clearly seen in all of the photos in this post you just made it to the end of –WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL MEDDLING, CINDY. THANK YOU.

 

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