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Stephanie and Chris got married at the Dallas World Aquarium partly because they’re just that cool and partly because Stephanie has a soft spot for animals. I don’t mean “owns-a-pet” soft spot (which she and Chris do), I’m talking an incredibly tender, works at SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) level of soft spot. She’s major leagues. When she and Chris found out the Dallas World Aquarium works to conserve several endangered species, they were sold.

But something that holds more of her heart than animals is Chris himself. On their wedding day she told me there were two things she was most looking forward to about January 4th — the first was getting to marry Chris, and the second was getting to meet one of the aquarium’s resident sloths. But marrying Chris was definitely first, I remember that.

Enjoy a glimpse into their wedding with some of my favorites from their day.

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Seriously, Chris, you made for quite the debonair groom.

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And now the second most important moment Stephanie had been waiting for — meeting her sloth buddy.

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Stephanie and Chris, there is literally no other wedding I would have rather started off my 2014 with. Y’all are awesome and James and I so appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such an epic day.

 Venue: Dallas World Aquarium

Video: Josh Spires, Light Studies

Wedding dress: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Bride’s shoes: Betsy Johnson

Bride’s jewelry: Nordstrom

Bridesmaids dresses: The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom

Bride’s garter set: The Honey Bee shop on Etsy

Invitation suite: Invitations by Liz

Bridesmaid dried flower bouquets and boutonnieres: Cherubino Crafts 

Bride’s bouquet, reception centerpieces: DIY by bride

Suits: Vera Wang collection at Men’s Wearhouse

Cakes: The Jenny Lane Bakery

Bride’s reception dress: Urban Outfitters

Custom Wedding Day t-shirts: Trust Print Shop

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It was either I finally post these photos today or I resign myself to never posting them at all. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Taylor Lord Unitas workshop I attended last February. It was my first workshop to attend and Taylor’s first workshop to put together. And it was awesome.

Not only did I get to meet the amazingly talented film photographer that is Taylor Lord, but she also so openly explained how she runs her business successfully, efficiently and happily. Learning from her was such an encouragement and she definitely invested herself in helping each of us feel all the more confident in our own individual photographic vision. A HUGE BONUS was getting to meet a slew of new photographer friends. I left this workshop a year ago feeling not so alone in the huge industry that is wedding photography and I can tell you with a year’s worth of hindsight that it’s been such a blessing to have my fellow Unitas as peers, sounding boards and friends.

I took these photos during the workshop’s styled shoot which took place at Austin’s gorgeous Villa del Lago.

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Taylor is actually co-hosting her third photography workshop this year and last I heard there were a few seats still available — sign up here!

Creative direction and styling: Lindsey Zamora Wedding Styling and Design (note: this woman is FANTASTIC at what she does and you should hire her to style your wedding PRONTO because Lindsey is going places.)

Models: Chas + Veronica

Florist: STEMS of Austin

Calligraphy + Invitations: Rachel Carl Co

Venue: Villa del Lago

Vintage Rentals: Loot

Chairs: Marquee

Bride’s dress: Zimmerman

Bride’s skirt: Made by Lindsey

Groom’s suit: Zara

Groom’s bowtie: Nordstrom

 

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Amanda and Dustin are so sweet together and their wedding day was a lovely reflection of that truth. Also the day validated that Amanda has impeccable taste in shoes (just you WAIT). One other thing the day proved about them is that they’re dang tough, because it was definitely a windchill of 23 degrees outside when we took this above photo.

Grab a cozy blanket and have a look into their beautiful Dallas Filter Building wedding — my last one to shoot in 2013.

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The father of the bride’s toast included a blessing that Amanda’s late grandfather had used at her parent’s wedding. Amanda’s grandmother’s reaction to hearing it was by far the most heartfelt reaction I have ever witnessed.

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Seriously, best smile award to Amanda’s dad. His face looked like this ALL DAY long and I loved it.

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We were honored to have been a part, Kellars. Thank you for having us.

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Words cannot express how much I love the Sewells. I started photographing Tiffany and Trevor with their engagement sessions (yes, two), bridal sessions (yes, two) and wedding day (just one) about three years ago. They are my people because they get as excited about photos as I do.

In December the Sewells were back in Texas visiting family for Christmas so of course we scheduled a photo session and (EEK!) I got to meet the newest member of their family — baby Bella! GOSHTHOSEDIMPLESKILLME. We started at a park, but the particularly frigid wind that morning eventually drove us to finish the shoot indoors at my favorite Denton restaurant, Loco Cafe. If you’re in Denton you absolutely HAVE to try out Loco — yummy breakfast, coffee and natural light.

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Sewells, you’ve got one adorable baby girl on your hands and it’s so cool to see what great parents y’all make.

Until next time!

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