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One thing I always want to tell my brides is this: just be you, yo.

Be hilarious you.

Be comfortably quiet you.

Be awkward giggling you.

Be confident you.

Be your favorite you.

There is just about nothing that makes me happier than photographing a bride who embraces herself, owns it and refuses to apologize for it. Hannah does just that and it’s one of the many (many) reasons I love her.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from Hannah’s bridal session. Many thanks to Sydney for Hannah’s incredible hair and makeup + Gathered Floral Design for that beauty of a bouquet.

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Basically I’m obsessed with Alia + Ronnie and everyone who comes along with them. I’ll admit that over and over and over again. They’re both so warm and genuine and make loving each other look as easy as breathing. I thoroughly enjoy and find so much inspiration in photographing Indian weddings so I was super-excited that Alia and Ronnie planned to do a mix of Indian and American wedding traditions to celebrate their marriage. The very first time I sat down with them over coffee to discuss wedding photography they told me they were going the destination route because they didn’t want a stressful wedding day like so many others they had been to (I’ll say yes and amen to every single bride and groom who ever says this to me) — so a relaxed wedding weekend out in beautiful Riviera Maya was their plan, and that weekend felt as effortless and easy as their love for each other.

Saturday: Pithi + Sangeet

Before their evening of Indian wedding festivities we took a few minutes to document this bride-groom attire because WOWZA THEY LOOKED GOOD.

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Sunday: the wedding day

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Can I just take a quick second to point out how well lit their reception was? Because they had stringed lights across the entire area I didn’t have to break out my flash and could lean into documenting with available lighting which resulted in warm, natural reception photos without adding any distracting flash to the ambiance. This is my favorite favorite favorite way to shoot.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alia and Ronnie for bringing James and I along to document your amazing wedding celebration — just for the record, I’m down for going back this year for anniversary trip photos if y’all are :))

venue: Now Sapphire resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico

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I’m going to try my very best to keep this blogpost text from turning into a straight-up love letter from me to Samantha but I make no promises that it won’t happen accidentally.

No more than six e-mails into our relationship Sam told me she was already certain of our “inevitable BFF-ness” and boy, oh, boy did she call it. After an obscene amount of hilarious e-mail correspondence as well as Sam and Dustin’s engagement session in Seattle, I sat on the couch next to my husband and told him, “I seriously love Samantha so much and I’m going to be so sad when their wedding is over.” I said those exact words and I was not exaggerating in the slightest. Every time we talked she made sure to ask how I was doing, even sent me a Mother’s Day e-mail THE MONTH OF HER WEDDING and gave my daughter three (of the absolute cutest) outfits because Sam is amazingly thoughtful like that. Her joy is contagious and I can honestly say she’s one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. And while I’m not certain where I fall on Dustin’s BFF scale, I do know that the way he looks at Sam makes my heart swell, his kindness is evidenced by how obviously he’s adored by his (and Sam’s) family and friends plus my BFF Samantha swears he has the patience of a saint. A SAINT.

Needless to say, looking back on this rainy Saturday in May gives me all the feels and I hope you enjoy a peek into my favorite images.

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Before the ceremony Samantha and Dustin shared a few quiet moments together. Dustin prayed over their marriage and thanked the Lord for Samantha and BRB I’M CRYING REMEMBERING IT. I felt so incredibly special to be the one to witness and document such a pure, genuine moment between a groom and his bride.

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Samantha + Dustin — I love y’all. Like a whole big bunch. Friends forever, mmkay?

Venue: The Milestone

Flowers: The Southern Table

Bridal Gown Designer: David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Bridal Gown Retailer: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

Hair & Makeup: Angie Williams

Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang

Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Joanna August

Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: Prim: The Bridesmaid Boutique, Oklahoma City, OK

Flower Girl Dress Designer: Olivia Kate Couture

Flower Girl Dress Retailer: Etsy

Stationery: Frameworthy Designs

Cake & Desserts: Candy Haven

Caterer: The Milestone

Band/DJ: First Dance DJs, Michael Furr

Lighting: First Dance DJs, Michael Furr

Weddings Rentals: Coco Fleur

Wedding Planner: Lauren Modica, The Milestone

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Ah, February — the month of love and chocolate hearts, but for this wedding photographer, the month of catching up on all the back-blogging I never got around the posting last year in the flurry of keeping up with shoots, edits, e-mails and ya know, growing and giving birth to a tiny human. Part of me wanted to start fresh with only blogging work from 2016 but I’m a deeply nostalgic soul (see any instagrams of my daughter . . .  um, basically my entire feed, for reference) and some things I just can’t allow to get lost in my hard-drives, not properly memorialized on my blog for me to come back to over and over again and remember how incredibly blessed I felt to witness and document such momentous days in brides and grooms’  — in sons and daughters and mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and lifelong best friends’ — lives.

Marissa and Matt perhaps had more fun on their wedding day than just about anyone I’ve seen. I love watching people feel deeply, and that is what these two did on that Saturday in May. Enjoy looking through some of my favorites.

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All my love to the Driscolls!

Many thanks to my second shooter and little bro, Jacob, for helping me document this day.

Vendors:

Floral // Expressions of Decor

Ceremony // Perkins Chapel

Reception // The Room on Main

Band // Downtown Fever (THESE GUYS ARE SO SO TALENTED AND SO SO FUN)

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