When Olivia asked me to shoot her wedding, I was beyond ecstatic. A true New-England-in-the-fall wedding is something every photographer would love. But when it’s family? Oh yes. Olivia + Kyle hosted me in San Diego last summer when I was working on the west coast for a few days, and it was so obvious how they are made for each other, and have cultivated a beautiful partnership.
So when Hurricane Matthew made his appearance off the Eastern Seaboard and threatened to rain out their wedding day… it was no surprise that their faces still showed nothing but pure joy. In a world where I see so many people get upset about weather that is outside of our control, these two partied like they’d just been married, and it was the happiest day ever.
I have a lot of emotion wrapped up in this one… a beyond stunning bride, an incredibly handsome groom, guests huddled together under tiny pavilion, committed to supporting this union. It’s what a wedding should be, rain and all.
We flew up to Boston last month to celebrate Olivia + Kyle’s wedding, and made a vacation out of the week in the Northeast. These kids took me to a super cool spot called Purgatory Chasm to climb around and shoot some yay-we’re-about-to-get-married photos… I love it so much, I went back twice during my stay in Massachusetts.
When I met Amy + Jonathan for their engagement session , I knew their wedding day was going to be tons of fun. And then I walked in, and realized there was a DONUT BAR… and I considered asking Amy to just marry ME instead 😉
I was invited into this family’s home just before their move to a new town… watching them was truly magical. The relationships between these siblings, the love mom + dad share and show to their babies… witnessing these moments reminded me just how good life can be.
I wish I could gift everyone a family with the strength and bond these 6 share. At the very least, I can show you what this kind of love looks like in a photograph. I owe a huge thank you to this beautiful family for allowing me into their life for a brief moment, for trusting me to experience their world, and to hold for them the images of the place they called home from the beginning.
You might remember Ann + Will’s engagement session… their wedding wast just as much fun. Married under the oaks surrounding Hamilton Twelve, the day was gorgeous and all the little details fell perfectly into place.
Special thanks to my second shooter, Amy Zumwalt.
Amy + Jonathan are getting married in October up in Dallas, but jumped at the chance to meet me here in Austin for a mini-vacation while shooting their engagement session.
They’re so much fun to be around… and like very much the same things I do… so we shot a bit a Laguna Gloria (because #art), then hit Vintage Heart Coffee (because #caffeine), then split for dinner and met back up at Bull Creek for hiking in the sunset (because #duh).
My job makes me cross paths with the coolest people with the best stories. All I can ever hope is that I do these stories justice. Roxanne + Ryan came to me via one of my favorite people on the planet, Melissa Zihlman… their kiddos have been BFFs since forever, and they’re some of the coolest kids I’ve ever met.
So this story is one of a courthouse wedding here in Austin, TX. Roxanne + Ryan live in the DFW metroplex, but the big party was happening here at the Shady Springs Party Barn, so the came down a day early and did that JP wedding thing that I love SO SO SO much.
Then the party… every single person in attendance loves these two so much, it’s unreal. Throw that precious redheaded little girl in the mix, and I’m overwhelmed with the feelings. And the band blew me away:
Do you guys remember last year on Decision Day? We were all so happy. Overjoyed, really. We took one more step toward equality. On that day, I gave away a wedding package… I wanted to celebrate that #lovewins, in the way I can, by documenting a day when two people commit to love each other forever, no matter what.
I couldn’t be happier to have witnessed Magen + Tye’s marriage ceremony… They had the River Haven in New Braunfels, TX for the weekend of wedding-and-party awesomeness… emotional doesn’t even begin to cover it…This year I’ve had the honor of being at so many “this is why I do what I do” kind of weddings… pretty sure I cried at least 3 times during their vows… and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Thanks ladies, for trusting me to be the one with the camera on your day <3
Shooting a family member’s wedding is always something special… But Brittnie is like a sister to me. We grew up SO close… We have all the inside jokes, all the memories, all the embarrassing stories. Bill is one of the only people I can imagine could possibly balance her personality… at least I thought, until I saw him dirty dancing and realized he’s as loud and crazy as she is 😉
She had a dress. He had a kilt. She had a bouquet of magnolias… He had a boutonniere of thistle… it’s not every day you see a wedding comprised of kilts and cowboy boots, but Britt + Bill managed to make the perfect blend of Scotland + Texas.
Because Britti was my very first best friend, you’re going to see a bit more in this post than “just” a wedding day. This is the story of one of the most important people in my life getting married to her best friend… We danced, we drank, we made merry. There is a running joke about Britt getting married at the “Gator Farm.” (I say this to explain why my mother terrorized children with a stuffed alligator). I hope everyone has this much fun on their wedding day.
HUGE thanks to Amy Zumwalt for being there, keeping my head in the game, and seeing all the things so I could party too.