Meet Brooke and Hunter. Then fall in love with Brooke and Hunter. Because yes, they are as sweet and fun and lovable as they look in these highlight images from their outdoor woodsy engagement session.
I can’t say that this wasn’t a session out of my wildest dreams. Victoria and Kyle had their destination wedding at the unbelievably breathtaking Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin, Ireland. Then the next morning, the four of us packed up and drove up towards some serious storms into Northern Ireland, way past Belfast, up to the very northern coast in Ballintoy. We left V & K to get ready at our hotel, and then Chantry and I drove out to see the places we planned on shooting. I can’t tell you how many times we had to pick our jaws up off the floor!
We spent then next few hours shooting around Kinbane Castle and Ballintoy Harbour (and freezing, and screaming with glee, and laughing our butts off) in 50mph winds. The “screaming” was probably all me… I get just a little excited when I get to shoot in places like this. The rolling, ominous clouds, crazy winds, pounding waves and just overall unparallelled scenery made this session an absolute favorite for me. It didn’t hurt that Chantry and I got to hang out (and eat mystery mussels) with Mr and Mrs Flanagin. OR that they persisted during our session despite being SO, SO cold.
V & K – I hope you love these images so much, that your friends and family start giving you eye rolls because you share them WAY too much. ;)
If you had told me when I was in college that a camera would take me all over the world, I would have had a hard time believing you. After all, I was studying voice in Nashville, not photography or art, and I had big dreams of becoming a famous singer/songwriter. But I honestly can’t imagine anything being as amazing as what I get to do now. Nothing compares to the moment a couple asks me to essentially take the indescribable connection that they feel, and create a beautiful physical representation. Especially when the couple has an adventurous spirit, and trusts me (over anyone else!) to travel to other parts of the world with them.
Gabriella and Justin are getting married next month at Mitas Hill Vineyard here in the Dallas area, but before they settle in Portland Maine together, they wanted to have their engagement session there. And everyone knows you dont have to ask me twice to go somewhere as beautiful as Maine.
We shot part of their session in Old Port, and another part on the coast at the Cliff House. These are some of my favorites.
Dallas Arboretum wedding: I’ll never forget how Kate and Alex had one of those really fun “how we got here” stories involving her playful disinterest and his charming persistence. They told me a little about how they met at their engagement session, but I got to hear the rest of the story during their wedding day ceremony. Their Dallas Arboretum wedding was nothing short of perfection. Kate’s style was unmistakably romantic, soft, and feminine with blush, pinks, greens, and cream tones with gold accents. Her beautiful wedding bouquet and florals incorporated peonies and juliet roses. Dress by Kitty Chen Couture, sweet and stunning florals by Something Pretty Floral, coordinating by Luminary Event Company, hair and makeup by the fabulous Quynh Nguyen (@qthemua), and cakes from Delicious Cakes.
Kate got ready in a beautiful suite at the Westin Hotel in downtown Dallas. The suite had lots of beautiful window light, pretty coloring and lots of room to get dressed.
We packed up and rushed over to the Dallas Arboretum where the ceremony and reception would take place. Dallas Arboretum weddings are always gorgeous and there are so many great places to take photos. Kate and Alex opted for a first look, so we shot in the Poetry Garden and then made our way over to the iconic infinity pool in A Woman’s Garden. I never get tired of the infinity pool and how it seems to melt right into White Rock Lake.
The ceremony was in the famous Dallas Arboretum Crape Myrtle Allee (yes, that’s how they spell it!) This space looks very different from season to season, but it is never more gorgeous than it was on Kate and Alex’s wedding day.
The wedding reception was held at DeGolyer Estate. Overdrive brought the party (a band is ALWAYS a good idea!), and the rest of the night is history.
Wedding day means bridal session blog day! Jen and Alex just tied the knot at Brik Venue in Fort Worth. If you haven’t been to Brik yet, it’s this super cool industrial wedding venue with original hardwood floors and a beautiful patio strung with cafe lights. I look forward to editing and sharing today’s wedding images, but in the meantime, here is a little bit of Jen’s bridal session. (This gorgeous bouquet is the magnificent work of R Love Floral.)
There are two major cities in this country called “Portland”, and I adore both of them more than I can effectively convey to you. So, of course, anytime I’m working in the pacific northwest, especially Oregon, or Portland Maine, I’m in my happiest of happy places. Images from Hannah and John’s adventure session have been splashed all over instagram since August, but I thought it might be time for a blog post full of my favorites. If you see these images and dont want to fly to the Oregon coast tomorrow, we can’t be friends. I’m sorry.. but it’s just a standard I have. ;) Okay that’s not really true.. but I do wonder what might be wrong with you if this session doesn’t get your blood moving!
Hannah and John got married this fall in Dallas, but we had an amazing time getting these images in August. A little Cannon Beach, a little Arch Cape, a lot of low clouds and pacific northwest wonder. You can’t get this unique vibe anywhere else in the US if you ask me. But then, I’m a PNW native so I may be biased! (But I dont think so.)
I love when a Texas venue gives me a landscape that isnt so “obviously” Texas. Oh.. I also love it when a couple is 100% over-the-top amazing. This wedding was both of those things. I could die happy. (Well… I mean almost…)
One of my favorite venues in the Dallas area is the Trinity River Audubon Center. Allison and Chris happened to pick the most perfect time of year for their ceremony in the venue’s butterfly garden. Here are some of my favorites from this early November ceremony.
Coordinator: Refined Romance
Floral: Mad About Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Tease to Please
Videographer: Nice Shot Films