Ponte Winery Temecula, CA Wedding | Lauren + Brian

Floral beauty meets California wine country = an unforgettable day.

When a bride has two bouquets, one traditional white and the other modern and colorful, you know it’s an extraordinary day.

I mean, it’s absolutely hard to beat cool temperatures, the most lovely floral details designed by none other but the bride herself and her sister, talented owners of A&L Floral Design and the sweetest love between Lauren and Brian.

Truly—when Lauren walked down the beautiful staircase toward her fiance, their immediate reaction was to kiss and hug tighter than I’ve ever seen. It was easy to see their attraction and love for one another was magnetic and oh-so-deep. And this made the rest of our portrait time just so much fun.

It felt like as long as the two of them were together, we could take pictures as long as we wanted wherever we wanted—although I’m sure this maybe wasn’t 100% how Brian felt ;-) However, we spent such a generous time on portraits of them all around the beautiful Ponte Winery, even coming back out for sunset portraits right at sunset.

Aren’t these two PRETTY together?! So photogenic, so sweet and so undeniably in love. It was an honor to photograph them in Temecula and to capture the beginning of their forever. And I have to smile and believe that their forever is looking pretty beautiful. It literally brought tears to my eyes watching not only her parents but also his parents dancing together on the dance floor. They looked as in love as they day they said, “I do”, and it made me happy for Lauren and Brian to have such sweet steps in which to follow.

Their legacy started in a vineyard and will be as sweet as the grapes we tasted off the vine ;-) Wishing these two the absolute best!

Hidden Waters Classic Wedding | Kelsey + Josh

All the greenery, all the classic, elegant details and all the bridal white florals!

OH MY!

What a BEAUTIFUL and classic wedding Josh and Kelsey have to remember at Hidden Waters in Waxahachie. The weather held out literally until right before the indoor reception, and we had various light to play with all day—backlighting, even lighting with cloud coverage and it was all so beautiful and fun to work with.

I think I (and all of you) can just about drop dead at how gorgeous Kelsey and Josh looked together in such a stunningly green location. I mean, the sun-kissed glow around Kelsey just makes your jaw-drop. I know this, because I have done it, and so many of you have made comments on social media to confirm! :)

These two make such a beautiful pair, and when I picture their precious first look, their lovely choreographed first dance and their bubble-filled exit, I can’t help but smile. I see Kelsey’s smile, and I see Josh’s smile, and like Courtney, the maid of honor stated in her speech, she loves seeing the way Josh makes her best friend smile.

It’s evident and captured in pictures, and the celebration that followed is too.

And then the details.

OH the lovely details! A tad overwhelming only because they were TOO perfect with sweet sentiment behind them.

Kelsey’s ring shone brightly with radiance but so did her earrings, her bracelet and her surprise additional gold wedding band that Josh gifted her on her wedding day. Her shoes, her Mrs. box and her Martak ring holder—all too perfect to capture the elegance and beauty behind their big day.

It was an honor to photograph and be a part of such a lovely day, and I loved Kelsey’s love for photographs and wanting to capture her day as she remembered it. I love it when brides want all the portrait time!

Hugs to this beautiful pair!

Christ United Methodist + Gleneages Country Club Blush Wedding | Blair + Kevin

I would happily relive this wedding day any day.

What a classic, elegant and absolutely joyful occasion. As I already mentioned in Blair’s bridal session, she’s as beautiful on the inside as she is outside, and we all know that’s saying a lot of wonderful things!

It was such a joy to walk alongside her throughout her wedding planning process to the precious exit she and Kevin experienced, as they celebrated through bubbles and all of their loved ones. She made the process so fun and easy in many ways—I mean, she’s such a sweet bride, so naturally, all of friends and family were such a joy to work with, as well!

The day started out overcast with just a teaser of light sprinkles. I don’t think anybody let that get to them, because the mood of the day never changed from joyful and fun. We thankfully were able to rock some beautiful weather, even lighting and catch some cool breezes. What a joy for a September wedding in Dallas! Literally, as the bridesmaids were lining up for portraits outside, a mist of sprinkles began to fall, but not enough to do any damage. Within second, when nobody seemed to lose positivity, it STOPPED, and we had the best weather the remaining of the day.

And this was how Blair and Kevin’s wedding day was. Just perfect, sweet and as joyful as can be.

I’d say the sweet and happy tears throughout the day pulled at my heart strings and made me even happier for these two. From Blair’s first look with her father to his toast during the reception, I could feel all the feels and see what a celebration it was for the Reichs and Krummes.

And then the dance floor perfectly wrapped up the night with the best part. The DJ brought all the right songs, and it brought so much happiness to my heart to see the smiles on Blair and Kevin’s faces and notice their presence allllll night on the dance floor!

There’s just something about seeing a bride and groom totally own the dance floor with their loved ones, celebrating in the biggest way.

Blair and Kevin, biggest congrats!

Las Cruces Hotel Encanto Wedding | Adrienne + Jacob

Oh sweet FALL colors and FALL love!

Adrienne and Jacob celebrated several years of being IN LOVE with their vows in front of all of their loved ones at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Oh, how I do LOVE New Mexico! It was so warm and fulfilling to be in my home state photography such a sweet couple who had spent the better part of the last two years planning their dream wedding day!

And I do mean PLANNING. Their little girl, who served as the most precious flower girl, carried a floral wand down the aisle, and it was THE CUTEST THING. In addition to her floral crown and lace white dress to match her mama, I think it was cuteness overload. One of my favorite moments of the day was watching both Adrienne and Jacob dance with Aaliyah on the dance floor with their smiles beaming from ear-to-ear. I mean, after saying their vows, celebrating a smooth, fun wedding day, I’d say that those smiles were absolutely accurate and necessary!!

It was such a joy to spend the day with this sweet couple who has been nothing but fun and easy to work with. I think that the foundation of love that they’ve been laying over the past 8 years was a true testament to how strong they are and how perfect they are for one another and for their SWEET little girl.

Once the mariachi band serenaded everyone through dinner and visiting afterward, the dance floor opened, and the party fully STARTED. All I can remember (and picture!!) are smiles, smiles, smiles and everyone having the BEST time.

Not a detail was forgotten and not a tear lacked joy—everything was memorable and special from getting ready in the morning to the celebration that lasted past midnight!

Hugs to such a beautiful couple who has such a special day to remember as their OWN wedding day!

The Venue at Waterstone Wedding | Alex + Julie

Oh goodness. How am I ever going to write this blog post to do the Bernhard wedding justice?!

Joyful. Intimate. CELEBRATION. And uh--GORGEOUS. 

But it started way before I set foot on the grounds of the venue for me. I felt like I was driving to photograph my good friend’s wedding, and I felt #allthefeels. My eyes literally filled with tears as I drove to the beautiful rural country of Celina to find a perfect Saturday afternoon for Julie and Alex to marry.

And these tears happened, because I've become invested. I’ve fallen in love with their love story since I met Julie over coffee with her mom. She invited me into her love story, shared what made them special, what made them them, and what their wedding day would be about: tender moments, joyful moments, and unforgettable moments.

They wanted everyone to feel the love they had for not only one another but for everyone there. To know either of them, you must know that they’re as kind as they are beautiful. They know no strangers, are friends to many and are as genuine as can be. This can also be translated to: they had MANY people to celebrate WITH and to share their love and be loved by.

Knowing this about them made every second of the Bernhard wedding day special to me. Being included in sweet surprises and family traditions is always fun for me to be a part of and truly just feel in the moment with my couples. To know that Alex had secretly added another diamond wedding band to the one that Julie thought she’d be getting on her wedding day—to know that they were keeping tradition and marrying one another in the two silver rings that her grandmother married in—to know the sweetness of Alex to save a moment for the two of them on their wedding day after the ceremony to gift and surprise Julie with her wedding bands—EMOTIONAL. Too perfect.

And too perfect is always welcome for any #ldpbride but especially this sweet gal! 

But with so many unforgettable moments from their wedding day, my absolute favorite two moments from the day (aside from the epic Hora chair lift, of course) were both "first looks"--first with Dad and second with Alex. It's very clear that both of these men are beyond special to Jules, and their "first looks" absolutely displayed that. What gifts! Her daddy couldn't have been more proud of his beautiful daughter, and Alex couldn't have been more smitten and overjoyed with his WIFE in that moment. 

I'm telling you--there are SO many photos from their "first look", because...they're just that precious, y'all! Alex didn't want to stop admiring Julie, and I didn't want to stop him! The emotion and excitement captured in these few minutes is definitely priceless to them, I know. :) And it started a day of stunning photographs for the two of them to remember the abundant, genuine love they have for one another. 

A love that I cannot wait for generations to come to witness and feel secure in and proud of. What a power couple who I couldn't love more or be happier FOR!

Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard, I hope you remember your wedding day the way I and everyone saw it--unforgettable, beautiful, tender and sweet. Love you guys!

Christ the King + Warwick Hotel Classic Wedding | Francesca + Rafael

Classic. Joyful. Elegant. 

I'm telling you, if I photographed weddings for people half as joyful as everyone I encountered on Rafael and Francesca's wedding day, my cup would be absolutely overflowing! I believe I left their joyous occasion beaming ear-to-ear, because I physically couldn't help it! 

What a special wedding I was able to document, and it was such an honor to do so! 

Every from from Francesca's classic, stunning details to the luscious florals throughout the reception hall--absolutely perfect. Every person from Rafael and Francesca to literally the event staff--joyous and kind. I'm still recovering from the awe of Francesca's Hailey Paige wedding gown--it was too perfect! And I don't think she could have chosen a more elegant hair style to compliment everything special that was her or her wedding dress. 

I could easily tell that the thought and planning put into every detail of their wedding day was planned and important, and I loved this about Francesca. She's a bride who knew what she wanted. As she was getting ready, she had specific requests for how she wanted her hair and makeup, and this stood out to me. I thought, "I wish I could be better at knowing exactly what I want--being knowledgeable." 

But mostly, after thought, I realized, this is a woman who knows who she is. She knows and is confident in everything Rafael is, and she oh-so-much joyfully celebrated every bit of this on her wedding day. It was absolutely refreshing to see a couple so perfect for one another take in and celebrate the details of their wedding day WITH the most special and loved people to them. 

It's very rare for me to not meet face-to-face with a bride and groom before their wedding date, but for travel-sake, this was the case. And let's just say it didn't stunt their ability to be comfortable, unashamedly in LOVE and trusting during their portrait time. We had probably double the amount of portrait time for the two of them, and it just about made my little heart burst. Goodness gracious, these two are not only a beautiful couple together, but they cannot be more kind or down-to-earth. 

This was reflected in all of their family, their friends I visited with, their intentional details and those gorgeous smiles ALLDAYLONG. 

Francesca and Rafael, here's to wishing your honeymoon in Italy is half as wonderful as your wedding day!! Big hugs!

Peach Creek Ranch Aggie Wedding | Chance & Sydney

Talk about an Aggie good time. WHOOP.

The Allen wedding was that and a gorgeous pair of AGGIES who became one.

Oh, you guys! What a beautiful, sun-kissed, fun day!

And it wasn’t only fun to photograph because everyone was lovely,  every detail was beautiful and every bouquet was overflowing with florals. It was fun for me, because I was one of the many who watched Sydney and Chance’s love story begin and unfold starting in high school.

I literally just always felt like he was the one for her—not sure that I wrapped my mind around that fully with my high school brain, but I saw them together and could tell that Sydney was beyond happy. I could tell he was different to her. Now seeing them after dating through college and beyond, I’m so happy for my friend and now their future marriage.

Sydney looked absolutely stunning in her custom-designed dress from California—in fact, I’m still kind of swooning over it! How gorgeous were the special appliqués details? Just so lovely, and she absolutely rocked it! Plus, her bridesmaids and their gorgeous color palette were totally on point. And I loved her wedding invitations--always a win from Minted!

Okay, now can we taco bout how legit it was to celebrate their marriage with Torchy’s, some major Texas two-steppin’ and one of the best father-daughter dances ever? I mean, there were so many memorable moments and details from their wedding day, but I’d say these were some of my favorites! I mean, tacos and queso with all your loved ones on a beautiful day and occasion? Hard to beat in my book ;-)

It was just so much fun to be able to witness an old friend marry her best friend. And I think what surprisingly caught me off guard and a little emotional was right before she walked down the aisle and her two older sisters put in her veil. It was just a precious moment of her big sisters being proud of their baby sister, prepping her to walk down the aisle and loving on her so sweetly. That was the picture I remember of Sydney growing up—so easy going, fun and a friend to anybody.

The way her sisters loved her is how everybody does—especially Chance. He’s a lucky husband, and I am so beyond happy that they’re now Mr. and Mrs. Allen and have one heck of a wedding celebration to remember as their own!