Gosh, y’all. October was a MONTH. I’m up to my eyeballs in edits and taking deep breaths to get through one thing at a time, all the while totally aware that it is a blessing from the good Lord to be in a profession I love working with people I absolutely adore. Blessing, blessing, blessing. Once such couple I adored working with is Kristen and Jeremy. They are the type of people who make it their goal to bless/encourage/uplift those around them with every single little interaction, even their wedding photographer. These two got married in August in the sweetest afternoon ceremony in Round Rock, and here are a few of my favorite images from the day.
Kristen and Jeremy, what a blessing y’all have been to me by allowing me to document this special season in your lives. My hope is that these images can give back even a fraction of what working with y’all gave to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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!
Amy and Kenny got engaged at the White House. Yes, the White House. So when they came to their wedding planner/designer extraordinaire, Jen, with their unique proposal story and favorite colors red and blue, out came the summer picnic theme that their entire wedding ended up being designed around. It was such an honor to work alongside so many incredibly talented vendors to document Amy and Kenny’s Hickory Street Annex wedding day earlier this summer, and I’m excited to announce that Southern Weddings will be featuring this wedding online in 2014 — EEK!
Raquel, of Rlove Designs just really knocked all of the florals out of the park, as always.
I really cannot brag on Jen and her team ENOUGH for how beautifully designed, personalized and just altogether beautiful this entire day was. Jen, you’re amazing.
Today is an exciting, exciting Monday for us.
A styled shoot we photographed in Georgia last September has been published in Smitten magazine and we could not be more honored and thankful for the feature.
The shoot came about when we booked a wedding in Georgia and I took that as a sign that I needed to get together with my incredibly talented wedding planning/styling friend, Molly who just so happens to live in Georgia as well. I should probably use the term “facebook acquaintance” instead of “friend” to describe my initial relationship with Molly, as the way I “knew” her was because one of my dear friends did a summer-long mission trip to Chicago and worked with Molly there about five years ago. In Chicago. Read: I had never met Molly in person. But I knew I liked her. So I shot Molly an e-mail asking if she’d like to work on a shoot together. She said yes and then we hit the ground running. Molly used her design genius to lay the style ground work and gathered most of our talented vendors locally (full list at the bottom of post), but I was so excited to be able to bring in a couple of Texas vendors’ products too — my friend Chelsey made the bride’s earrings and my friend Yandira made a custom guestbook for us to include in the shoot as well.
It was so much fun to plan this shoot with Molly and hang out together as much as we possibly could while we were in Atlanta. Now I can totally and legitimately call her my friend. I for real adore that girl. It was also such a privilege to get to work with such a talented group of vendors, and SUCH a sweet model, Tayla. Thank you all for all of the work you put into this shoot!
From Molly: “Jillian and I started planning with one simple concept: birds. We didn’t want representations of birds at our shoot; we felt as though that had been done many times. Instead, we wanted LIVE birds. Needless to say, that idea was a bit too crazy. While brainstorming, I imagined a table runner made entirely of feathers. We fell in love with the idea of a neutral color palette with lots of natural, beautiful textures. We chose a simple industrial looking venue with amazing windows and white brick walls. It was the perfect blank slate!
After meeting with Stylish Stems, we were even more excited to see that vision come to life. Jacki of Stylish Stems suggested tall manzanita branch centerpieces covered in orchids, with hanging feather orbs. Stylish Stems added gorgeous ivory florals with amazing texture, floating candles, and a cake table covered entirely in moss. The cake table was my favorite part. A glass cake stand made the cake look as though it were floating over a bed of moss, orchids, and candlelight. It was stunning! Kelly at Robintreelane made our feather runner a reality. She admitted, at first, that she thought the idea was crazy, but the end result was so unique! Unlimited Party Rentals provided gorgeous linens, silverware, chargers, and gold chiavari chairs to complete our vision. Buzzy Craftery made invitations and menus that embodied natural glamour with elegant calligraphy, touches of gold, and twine. The handmade guest book was a touch I would absolutely recommend to brides… it was so beautiful.”
Below are the spreads as shown in the Smitten magazine feature (!!!). If you’re interested in seeing the full magazine, just click here to order an online or print copy. I may have gone ahead and ordered both versions out of excitement.
Venue: Brickyard at Marietta Station
Photographer: Jillian Zamora Photography
Makeup Artist: Lindsey Bartell
Hairstylist: Naomi Fowler
Model: Tayla Lowe
Cake: Lush Cakery
Florals: Jacki with Stylish Stems
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta
Feather Hair Accessory and Custom Runner: Robintreelane
Earrings: Chelsey Burleson
Stationery: Buzzy Craftery
Guestbook: Yandi’s Bindings
Rentals: Unlimited Party Rentals