After my initial consultation with Kaity just about a year out from her wedding, I had already decided that she was an absolute doll and that this Matt fellow she had talked so much about during the consultation was getting a catch of a bride.

But then I met Matt and had to draw a new conclusion: these two are BOTH obviously catches.

Seeing their raw excitement, overwhelming joy, adoration and love all throughout the wedding day caused me to praise Jesus for bringing together such two awesome people.

The wedding ceremony was at the beautiful Robert Carr Chapel at TCU.

And ohhhhhhh my goodness — Kaity did a first look with her dad before the ceremony and it was among the sweetest moments I’ve ever had the honor of documenting.

If you look closely at the above photo you can see Matt literally doubled over with joy at seeing his bride walking down the aisle.

Gahh, I love capturing the moments directly after the ceremony when the couple gets to soak-up/celebrate all that just took place.

After finishing up all the post-ceremony portraits we headed on over to the McDavid Studio for the party.

And at the point when I thought Kaity and Matt couldn’t possibly be any more awesome, they broke the news about their plans for a snow cone trailer outside their reception for all their wedding guests to enjoy.

Oh happy day, when Kaity and Matt became husband and wife! I’m so thankful that you would choose me and James to document it all. Thank you, thank you.

Often wedding days are a long time coming, but I felt like I had been looking forward to this one for FOREVER.

It wasn’t that Julieta and Phillip had an obscenely long engagement, it was just that Julieta had been such a present fan (and avid “like”er and “comment”er) on the JZP facebook page and blog for such a long time that I was chomping at the bit to photograph her wedding.

And hopefully that will be the last time I compare myself to a horse in this blogpost.

This June day was truly an all-around sweet day with an absolutely dear couple.

Reason #487 why Julieta is awesome: she wore a Princess Leia garter. This also shows why Phillip is awesome because it means he’s the type of groom who would be really proud for his bride to wear a Star Wars garter.

There is something so fun about a bride getting ready in a whirlwind of bridesmaids with a million hands helping her into her dress and do hair touch-ups. But there was also something so precious in the quiet calmness of Julieta’s mom being the only one there to help get her ready for the wedding day. I very much enjoyed photographing this different pace of “getting ready” shots that yielded a different mood of images.

Julieta and Phillip decided to do a first look on their wedding day and I’m so happy that they did. I’ll actually only be showing a couple of photos of it in this post as I’ll soon be posting about their personal experiences with the first look and will include more photos then.

 The first look allowed these two to take their bride-groom and wedding party portraits at their reception venue — the beautiful Fort Worth Stockyards.

 I loved their reception centerpieces’ use of many mini succulents.

After finishing up at the Stockyards in plenty of time we took off for the Robert Carr Chapel at TCU for the ceremony.

I’m seriously in love with this image of Julieta’s grandmother from El Salvador giving Phillip’s littlest brother a thumbs up right before the ceremony.

I think the above photo may very well be my most favorite recessional photo I’ve ever taken. I love all the genuine emotion showing in Julieta’s facial expression directly into the camera.

After family photos and a few more quick portraits of the bride and groom and wedding party, we were all headed back to the Stockyards for the reception that started off in true Texas style with a yummy bbq dinner.

Julieta is the biggest fan of squirrels that I know, so I made sure to integrate these cute cake toppers into their ring portrait shot.

The DJ pretty much forced the wobble on Phillip but he ended up not being half-bad at it.

 Julieta and Phillip, even just being around y’all together on two occasions, it is evident that y’all are an exactly perfect fit for each other and that always makes my heart so, so happy to get to see!

Thank you for choosing JZP to be there to document your most special day (even before you had a wedding date set :))!

Killer shoes.

Killer shoes can start a wedding day off right faster than the roadrunner can beep-beep.

You know what else helps? A couple as in love with each other as Jacklyn and Matt.

(And just so you know, I blame my mother for the roadrunner being the first fast thing I could reference just now.)

I love coming in on the wedding day from the very beginning, right as it begins to unfold.

I love seeing the nervous-giddy look in a bride’s eyes.

I love catching her remember from time to time, to herself, Today is my wedding day.

Jacklyn and Matt got  ready at their reception venue, the YWCA, which was right across the street from their ceremony site, The First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth.

One could tell that Jacklyn really poured herself into the reception details and decor, so I loved being able to integrate some of those pieces into various detail shots throughout the day.

In the next room, James documented the finishing prep stages of Matt and his groomsmen before we headed to the church for their first look.

Matt is a talented videographer and both he and Jacklyn highly valued photography as an essential part of their wedding day. A couple after my own heart.

They chose to do their first look in the courtyard of the FUMC and I could not have selected a better setting myself.

After they had soaked up their glorious first look moment we moved into some bride-groom portraits.

Jacklyn and Matt are the type of people who are equally sincere and kind as they are beautiful.

This basically equals a whole heckofalotta sincerity and kindness.


Did I mention the church was, oh, yeah, uhh-mazing?

Um, yeah, and did I mention yet that Matt and Jacklyn are  amazing?

Models, human beings, clients, all of the above.

We finished with plenty of time for family portraits and some moments of stillness before the ceremony.

Before the ceremony, Matt had surprised Jacklyn with a new ring! I was delighted to get to my hands and camera on the brand new bling for the ring portraits. Way. to. go. Matt.

This bouquet toss was one for the record books. Keep your eyes on the one with her arms stretched out in front of her. She had her eyes on the prize.

The night ended as perfectly as it began — birdseed, a yellow dune-buggy and a sweet, sweet couple driving off into the Fort Worth skyline all in love and married and stuff.

Meet Phoebe and Nathan.

I’m doing a super-quick post of Phoebe and Nathan’s engagement session because they’re getting married FRIDAY! Wahoo!

Nathan and Phoebe suggested we meet for the session at a small park in Fort Worth that they frequented while dating.

Everything about this photo is lovely. Phoebe is lovely. The way Nathan is looking at Phoebe is lovely (in the manliest way possible). And to top it all off, the light is lovely too.

Love. those. grins.

I enjoy the feeling of an underlying narrative in the photo above left.

Okay. That’s sweet.

I do not have ANYTHING against Nathan’s face, but I’m pretty sure this is my favorite from the shoot.

And I hope that’s okay.

She’s got that engaged glow.

It might seem random to have a merry-go-round shot mixed in among these forest scenes. I suppose it is.

But, if you’ve ever met Phoebe, you know it fits. She’s excited and candid and colorful and as merry as they come. I mean, she IS a kindergarten teacher.

And Nathan? Well, he’s slightly less outwardly excited and candid than Phoebe, but they’re a package deal.

Phoebe and Nathan, I will see you two on Friday!

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