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.

 

Jenna and Ian had a destination-at-home fusion type of wedding. Destination because they’re Texas transplants living in California flying in for their wedding, but home because it’s where their roots are.

The day before the wedding we met up (for the first time in person) at sunrise around Bull Creek for some engagement/day-before-we-get-married portraits. I know not everyone can swing a portrait session the day before their wedding, but I love that these portraits show Jenna + Ian just the way they were mere hours before getting married — chill, care-free and most comfortable together. (And sure, Jenna got a weird stomach bug/food poisoning after we parted ways that almost made her miss the rehearsal, but we’ll pretend that didn’t happen).

Wedding day // at the lovely, lovely Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas.

Jenna’s Grace Loves Lace dress was so dang striking and absolutely perfect for her.

These photos from Jenna + Ian’s first look make me smile because Ian said he was nervous until he heard Jenna ask me, before he turned around to see her, “Soooooo what do I do?” “That’s my girl,” he thought as all his nerves subsided.

That’s the thing about first looks that makes me such a fan of them, so much of a build up to a wedding day can sometimes feel like a production, but the first look is a pleasant reminder, “Oh right, it’s me and it’s you. And that’s why we’re doing this.”


Sometimes I’ll get asked if I take formal family portraits since I rarely blog them and the answer is YES, OF COURSE! But I tend to blog images that are more storytelling oriented, that capture mood or emotion or personality, which is why I love these goofy photos of Ian and his mom.  This is what I got when I asked if they’d like to have a mother-son moment. It’s them, it’s their relationship. And those are my favorite photos to take.

Stems of Austin did suchhhhhhhhhh an amazing job on on all the bouquets + centerpieces — all the air plants all the places!!

 

As I was putting together this post of Allison + Johnny’s cloudy walk through Brooklyn, right up to the water’s edge, I haven’t been able to get the chorus of the Avett Brother’s “I and love and you” out of my head.

“Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in.”

Although these two have no trouble saying I and Love and You — as you’ll be able to tell from these photos.

Not going to lie, I probably edited every single one of these photos abouuuuut seven times. I kept going back and forth between trying to make the photos appear sunnier than it was but then I would hate it because then the photos didn’t feel like that nighttime, cloudy walk through the city felt. So, as you’ll see, I’ve finally embraced the grey that cloudy sky dealt. This session shows one of my absolute favorite ways to take portraits, just exploring with a couple — a general destination in mind but with the photos less about a performance as much as focusing on genuinely enjoying our time, the company, the evening and, in this case, the city.

Goodness gracious I’m obsessed with shooting in cities. I love the natural energy, excitement and exploration that comes with being in New York City. There’s so much story there, hence why I can never get enough and am always looking for an excuse to go back.

And in case you made it to the end of the post and are scratching your head like, “Wait, didn’t I JUST see these people on your blog, Jillian?” The answer is yes and yes. The reason is that they are wonderful and I’m obsessed with them. Which brings me to the second song this post reminds me of, a Whitney Houston classic:

“AND IIIIIIIIII-EE-IIIIII, WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUU-OOOOO-OOOO-OOOO”

That song goes out to Allison, Johnny and NYC — xoxo, Jillian

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