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.
All my love to the Driscolls!
Many thanks to my second shooter and little bro, Jacob, for helping me document this day.
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)
Because sometimes you’re just really feeling those black and whites vibes.
The morning of Caroline and Anthony’s wedding went by in a blur but when he waited for her at the end of the church hallway it truly felt like things slowed down. Where there had been rushing around minutes before, there was a quiet, sweet anticipation.
I love first looks.
I love that it slows things down.
I love that it makes certain that there is time set aside for nice, long extended hugs like this one.
Poor Anthony was wiping red lipstick off his face from this moment until the send-off at the end of the evening — he just couldn’t keep himself from kissing that beautiful bride of his.
Everything about Lauren and Phil and the wedding day they put together makes me want to photograph weddings for the rest of my life. They just got everything so right. They surrounded themselves with their favorite people as they got ready at the light-filled, historic Grand Hotel down the street from their venue, the Mckinney Flour Mill. The day went at a relaxed pace — so much so that Lauren informed me she’d had time for a bubble bath late that morning and Phil and his groomsmen were ready in time to leisurely walk to the Flour Mill before portraits began. Beneath the calm and the laughter in the hotel rooms we could all still feel the weight of the significance of this day, this day that Lauren and Phil would become Lauren-and-Phil-forever-and-ever-alright-oh-yeah.
They saw each other for the first time of the day in the same space where their ceremony would take place that evening. They met in the middle and took a moment to hold each other tight, to laugh the kind of laughs and smile the kind of smiles that one exchanges in the last couple of hours before they marry the person in front of them. We followed this with portraits during the best light of the day. I loved that time with Lauren and Phil on their wedding day, seeing how happy they were, getting the honor of documenting a bit of it.
During Phil’s vows to Lauren he thanked her for marrying him. Not once, not twice, and not three times but even more than that and with each time he repeated it, earnestly, everyone laughed not just because it was comically redundant but because it was so obviously sincere.
And then they danced and ate Texas BBQ and spent the rest of the evening under string lights, celebrating and enjoying their friends and family, some of whom had travelled quite a long way to be there with them dancing and eating and celebrating.
Lauren and Phil, you two and your wedding day are what my wedding photographer dreams are made of. And with that, hopefully the photos tell the rest. Enjoy!
For those of you who made it all the way to the end and are thinking, “WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS ADORABLE COUPLE BEFORE??” it may have been from their NYC engagement session in Grand Central Station and the Brooklyn Bridge. Or I suppose it could have just been in passing on the subway (although they did confess they’ve become more “taxi people”).
Lauren and Phil — I think you guys are SO GREAT. I couldn’t be happier for you two and your growing family. Like Phil in his vows I feel the need to repeat it over and over and over, from the bottom of my heart.
for choosing me as your wedding photographer.