Y’all, I really and truly don’t think I could possibly adore Nina and Cliffe any more than I already do. And it’s not just because they didn’t laugh when a bird pooped on top of my head 15 minutes into the shoot (true story) or that Nina gave me home-made toffee at the end of this shoot — it’s that Nina and Cliffe are marked by an excitement for life, love for each other, and a refreshing sincerity in their words and actions. Where they are, those things are as well. There is nothing I enjoy photographing more than that.
Cliffe proposed to Nina with this intricate Ticket to Ride Board game that he made for her, so of course it made an appearance in their engagement session.
As they spent the majority of their relationship living in separate states, they have accumulated quite the collection of letters and mementos sent to and from the other over the years, so some reminiscing was in order as well.
Nina and Cliffe, being your engagement and wedding photographer makes my heart so happy. Thanks for being so awesome. Keep up the good work!
Enjoy some images of Daniella and Deke on a rainy day in College Station, the town where they first met, where they salsa dance, and where they will live out their engagement.
Daniella and Deke, y’all are absolutely adorable. I’m so excited to be a part of this season and cannot wait for your Austin wedding next year! WOO!
Kylie and Mac, y’all are the type of people who get me really, really excited about what I do for a living. Thank you for that.
Based off of how great a time we had at your engagement session I’m going to go ahead and say that your wedding in March is going to be ridiculously awesome. I can’t wait!
It’s hard to put into words how great this wedding was. How great this couple is.
And it wasn’t even just that Debbie and Travis flew me and James over several states to be their wedding photographers. It wasn’t that we would get to sight-see around Southern California in the days following the wedding. And it wasn’t that their ceremony and reception took place in an awesome, desert canyon.
(Although all of those things were unbelievably amazing.)
It’s mostly that Debbie and Travis’ love for each other, for others, and for Jesus is so overwhelmingly evident that it just draws people to them, which made for the kind of day that makes a couple of photographers forget that they were going on less than three hours of sleep after shooting a wedding halfway across the country the night before. Once our plane touched down in California, we drove straight to the hair salon where Debbie warmly greeted us in a ball of giddy, bridal excitement. And that pretty much set the tone for the entire day.
And it was riiiiiiight about at then that I walked backwards into a cactus.
Below is the photo documentation of HOW INCREDIBLY SWEET you guys are, Debbie and Travis. Upon my calm proclamation that I had tons of cacti needles embedded in my leg, they both IMMEDIATELY dropped to their knees and began picking them out for me. On THEIR wedding day. I like, didn’t even have time to object they were so fast. Gosh, they’re so great.
(Check out that sweet Cali sunburn I’m sporting in the above photo.)
Debbie and Travis, thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for welcoming us so heartily both into California and into your beautiful wedding day. I’m not joking when I say that I miss you guys after only spending one day in your presence. That’s some kind of powerful welcoming.
Y’all are awesome. Marriage is awesome. And finally getting your wedding on the JZP blog is awesome. X’s and O’s to the Gilleys!