Dallas White Rock Lake Engagement Session | Callie + Daniel

Okay, so these photos just make me so happy.

This is my college roommate Callie and her fiance Daniel. AH. And LOOK HOW HAPPY SHE IS!!!

But I mean, they’re both just so effortlessly joyful and perfect together!!

As I was putting together their blog post, I was reminded of just how much fun I had with them. We had the most perfect fall day in Dallas (clearly), and the colors absolutely didn’t disappoint. Callie looked flawless, and her smile only added to that beauty. And Daniel is too good at making her smile. Like, he totally knows her.

I loved that they easily allowed their personalities to shine through as they threw up fall leaves, made each other laugh in various ways and were totally themselves. YES YES YES.

It was (and IS) just so special to me to see my sweet friend so happy and taken care of. I’d have to say that they both made excellent choices in future spouses, and I cannot wait to be with this gal and document her beautiful wedding day unfolding this summer!

Callie, you’re gorgeous, and I can hardly wait to see your beautiful smile IN YOUR WEDDING DRESS (for your bridals…so soon!!)!! AND on your wedding day. ;-)

Hugs to you too!

Lakeside Park Engagement Session | Derek + Regina

Oh, these two!

It was only the perfect fall day in Dallas for their engagement session in Highland Park, and it truly felt like I had known these day for years prior.

They both just have this warm kindness that would make anybody love them and any photographer (I’m so lucky!) just ADORE them! Their outfits were on point (so classy!), their hair beautiful and smiles were easily triggered. :) It was so fun to get to know them better as the session progress, although, I already knew I loved Regina’s bubbly, knows-no-stranger, kind personality from when we first met over some Mexican food. (Long story why it wasn’t over coffee, and I’m too embarrassed to tell you why not! haha!) But I knew on THAT day that this girl was the real deal and it’d be an honor to get to photograph her wedding day.

Derek knows what a catch he’s found in Regina and the way he just seemed to take care of and love on her throughout the entire session filled my photographer heart. It made it so fun and easy to photograph their love.

And props included?! They thought of it all!

Poppin’ champagne to celebrate these two! ;-)

I can’t wait to watch them happily become husband and wife in March!

Dallas White Rock Lake Engagement Session | Jenna + Reid

Oh, sweet heavens, these two were just a BLAST.

They followed all my rules perfectly for their engagement session: they were simply in LOVE.

They were themselves. They were sweet. They were giddy. They loved on one another. And they didn’t try too hard.

Smiles were plentiful, and their natural attraction and excitement to simply just be together is what guided us along such a fun, smooth evening together. The weather was perfect; their outfits on point; and fall decided to show up in such a beautiful way for us.

I loved seeing how Jenna’s smile lit up even more so than the time I met her over coffee. It’s always so sweet to see the natural beauty radiate through brides’ smiles when they’re simply in the arms of the one they love.

Reid and Jenna make such a precious couple, and I can hardly wait for these smiles to radiate on their wedding day in July. I just know it’s going to be so special and fun for everyone—especially these two!

I just love them!

Dallas Arboretum & White Rock Lake Engagement Session | Westyn + Tara

YES YES YES!

Westyn and Tara are the sweetest!! Oh my goodness, seeing their sweet love-joy during their session just made my day. I actually photographed Westyn’s sister Ashleigh’s wedding a couple of years ago, so it was really fun getting to know Westyn better and seeing him make his fiance absolutely LIGHT UP.

The two of them are getting married next September, and it’s going to be such a celebration—a celebration of two sweet loves and lives coming together and a celebration of no more long distance! These two are troopers, and I can tell they maximize the time they do have in the same city while they’re working and finishing up degrees.

We met and photographed their engagement session within 1 week while Tara and Westyn were in town for Christmas, and it sounds like while they got much wedding planning done, they also spent fun time with friends, family and one another.

Seeing Tara’s smile light up twice as big during their engagement session as it did when I first met her over coffee was so sweet to me—Westyn truly makes her beyond joyful, and it is completely clear how the feeling is so mutual!

I’m so happy for these two and can’t wait to celebrate with them next September!!

Texas Discovery Gardens Engagement Session | Reid + Emily

In honor of these two cuties getting married NEXT MONTH, I thought there was no better time to blog their engagement session (except for maybe the time I took the photos a few months ago ;-) ). Truth is, they the absolutely sweetest together, and while I LOVE showcasing my awesome couples via my blog, this past fall just got the best of me, time-wise!

I am SO pumped to start off the marathon of blog posts with Reid and Emily, because can’t you tell how sweet they are together?! I am 100% confident I fed off of Emily’s sweet, fun energy, and we just had a blast. They chose the Texas Discovery Gardens, which clearly turned out to be a real unique and AMAZING experience! With Emily’s background in horticulture, I think not only being with Reid made her come alive but being in a place she shares so much joy also added to it.

I can’t wait to see and photograph their pure joy next month, and I am just so grateful for a couple as sweet and fun as these two! Plus, Emily’s smile wins first place. This girl is so gorgeous, and her smile screams it every photo! Reid has to know what a Lucky guy he is! :)

Bishop Arts & Trinity Groves Engagement Session | Taylor & Jacy

Ooo ooo all the heart eyes!

I think I've started this blog post so many times to feel like I can't sufficiently write a post sweet enough to do this couple justice! 

Because, clearly, they make the absolute cutest pair. 

I had the best time walking through the Bishop Arts District and Trinity Groves with them as my subjects. Because...there was so much more to them than just a pretty couple in front of my camera. They were SO precious, obviously in love and had so much fun just being themselves. I mean, popping champagne to wrap up your engagement session? Yes please!! 

I've found that couples are the easiest to photograph when they're comfortable with their love and one another other, and Taylor and Jacy hit the nail on the head with this one. Not to mention, (I'll give Jacy this credit), she killed it with outfit choices! ;-) 

We started their session out in Bishop Arts in front of Enos Pizza, because this restaurant is significant in their relationship, and we basically lucked out, because it turned out they were closed this evening. We got full reign on their outdoor tables without the crowd! #score! 

After Jacy totally rocked her stunning red dress (hello real life insta emoji), we finished the remainder of their session near Trinity Groves with the Dallas skyline as their backdrop. I mean, this is pretty stellar if you ask me. ;-)

If you don't know Jacy, you're maybe missing out, because not only is she one of the sweet and talented planners from Refined Romance, but she's an absolute sweetheart in every-which way. (and everyone, including her fiance, is nodding their head in agreement). Taylor knows he scored big time putting a ring on Jacy's finger, and I think it's pretty safe to say that the feelings are reciprocated ;-)

I can't wait for their February wedding! 

Prairie Creek Park Engagement Session | Alex & Emili

Oo oo ooo!!! 

Looking through Alex and Emili's engagement photos makes me SO excited for their wedding this October! Partly because they're so stinking cute and partly because I've gotten to know them so well as they wedding plan, and I know that they're going to have so many FUN details that make their wedding day beyond special! I think we all can't wait to see how it unfolds!!! Eeep! 

As you can clearly tell, Alex and Emili's love is so sweet, so natural, so precious. I love how Emili shares that their love started to blossom over cheese and pasta, because if you know these two, you know that they love to cook together, they love to host and they know no strangers. They're just so fun and loving, and I love when couples have a hobby, like cooking, that they can bond over. I'm over here like, wait...can you teach me!? ;-) 

This girl is the creative right brain to Alex's left brain, and I personally don't think they could be anymore perfect for one another. I mean, how beautiful are they together?! Emili seriously has the best smile, and I just wish you could hear her excitement for all things Alex and all things wedding planning! 

Emili and Alex, let's get you two married....soon!! :)

Arbor Hills Engagement Session | Angela & Wesley

Cue the confetti! This beautiful pair is getting married THIS Saturday! 

And y'all, as you can tell, they can't take a bad picture!! As I was blogging their session, I was just thinking...I love ALL of these!! Angela is just incredibly beautiful as she is sweet, and her laughing smile, soft smile and every smile in between is just stunning. Wesley has sure found himself a gem in her, and I do believe he knows it! 

They have been such a fun couple to get to know and photograph, and I have to believe that Saturday is going to be that and more: so much fun, so much love and so much joy. 

Angela and Wesley, I can't wait to celebrate with you!! 

Arbor Hills Engagement Session | Blair & Kevin

Let's just get it out there now: Blair's soft blue dress and choice of style--STUNNING. 

Can she dress me!? She just carries herself in this confident, sweet way that 1) made it easy for me to photograph her and 2) is just so obviously LOVELY. Both of her outfit choices had me with the biggest heart eyes, and then as soon as I got to know this good-looking couple, I just fell in love with them! 

If you know them, you are shaking your head with me right now--they're too kind; too cute and just too much fun. This was the perfect combination for an engagement shoot, and while Arbor Hills hadn't quite made the full turn for spring just yet, Blair and Kevin were probably the only couple that could make it look like spring had already sprung! Isn't Blair just the prettiest?! Kevin made her laugh in the sweetest ways, and I feel like those are my most favorite capture of the session! 

After getting to know these two better, it makes me even more excited for their wedding next September! It's going to be the most lovely day, and I feel honored to get to have my camera in hand while experiencing it! 

White Rock Lake Fall Engagement Session | Craig & Sarah

You guys! I need some major grace and owe an apology to Sarah and Craig! Their engagement session slipped between my blogging fingers this past fall (maybe because it was a craaaay-z time for me), and there's no way I can let it stay that way! Especially because it's their WEDDING WEEK, and THEIR SESSION IS STUNNING!

Because guys, CLEARLY. I'm pretty sure my heart did a happy dance when I fell upon this location at its peak prettiness, and Sarah and Craig made it THAT much better. How precious are they?! 

The gorgeous fall colors created with sunlsetting setting behind them created such a beautiful backdrop for their love, and to finish on the docks of the lake was just the cherry on top. What a sweet, fun couple to work with--even after we had to reschedule their engagement session twice (silly rain and sick babes). But it turned out that this timing was better than any, as we had the PERFECT weather, PERFECT light and PERFECT fall colors--I'm so thrilled it turned out this way for them! I remember leaving their session with so much energy and excitement.  

So...I figured it was fitting to blog their session on their wedding week, because next week, I'll be sharing her bridals and wedding blog! <3

Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake Engagement Session | Alex & Julie

Well, goodness. 

Where to even start?! Except for--THIS COUPLE might one of the sweetest. One of the most beautiful. And one of the most fun couples to know and photograph! 

This bride Julie is the sister of another (equally SWEET and beautiful) bride Courtney who I just photographed, and I'm over here like, "how did I get so lucky to know them both!?"! 

But truly. It was only fitting that the sun would shine and the colors would pop for their session--if you know Julie and Alex, you understand what I mean. This totally defines them and the joy they possess! 

Literally--all aspects of their session couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was ideal. The rainy weather parted and left us with sunny skies on this Sunday, and the color was FOUND, y'all! We started their session at the Dallas Arboretum, and I'd say it was an early preview of the beautiful Crepe Myrtles and Dallas blooms. After walking our way through some of the most lovely parts of the Arboretum, we found ourselves on the same lake--just the other side of it. 

Similarly, White Rock Lake provided us with amazing light, breathtaking views and lovely weather. I think we can all agree that the location wouldn't have actually mattered with this couple--they're so beautiful and so in LOVE. BUT, my goodness, with everything aligned, it made for one of my most favorite engagement sessions ever! I left so giddy and so happy for Julie and Alex. 

They truly embraced the meaning of the session, loved on one another and were just so joyful that it made my job...so easy. So ideal! 

So now I'm over here like, "okay, September, hurry!!" :-)

Downtown McKinney Engagement Session | Katie & James

Oh it's amazing how people cross paths. 

I mean this by how Katie and James met and how Katie and I met! 

I actually met Katie years ago in high school on a mission trip we both went on one summer. She, her mom and sister were their with their Texas church and me from my New Mexico church. At the time, I had no idea that I would ever live in Dallas or as close to her as I do. That fun thing called Facebook allowed us to follow each other ever since then, and when James proposed to Katie, she had an idea as to who she wanted to call--a connection from years ago on a mission trip! Small world, right?!

Well, the better "meet-cute" (you've seen The Holiday, right? ;-) ) was how James and Katie met! They actually were and still are teachers together in Sherman, and they couldn't quite help but notice one another at the school they spent much time at. Katie may or may not have been the one to introduce herself first, and I'm pretty sure it was clear that James was very happy about this. And when I say "clear", I mean, it didn't take but a few months for their initial introduction to turn into something much deeper--something that looks like a beautiful engagement! 

When I talked to Katie over Skype and learned more about their love story, I just knew they were a special couple to work with. The way she literally glowed over Skype (no, it wasn't just my screen settings!) and had the sweetest words to use when talking about him, showed me how sweet their relationship is. They are absolutely head over heels for one another. 

And during their session, I saw just that. I photographed just that! 

They were the best during a rather chilly session, and they made it extra fun for me! I can hardly wait for their wedding this May!! Katie is a bride who's as beautiful on the inside as she is outside, and I know that James had to see this from the moment she introduced herself to him!

Downtown Dallas Rooftop Engagement Session | Josh & Kelsey

Wowza.

I don't think I can even count on 1 hand the number of people who commented on stunning this bride was after I posted a sneak peek to Instagram. People who I saw the following week even commented on this rooftop engagement session and how stunning this couple was together!

And, welp. I'm with them all. 

HOW STUNNING! We may have had one of the warmer days of the fall season for their session, but my goodness, it didn't hold them back one bit! Everything from their outfits, the sweet, easy conversation with them and the carefully planned locations--was so ideal. Kelsey had a beautiful vision for her engagement session, and I gladly took over from there! 

I first met Kelsey when she worked with Jordan as an ICU nurse at Methodist, and the first thing I remember about her was how kind she was. We quickly began chatting about Waco, Magnolia and this super cute store she recommended to me, Junque in the Trunk (definitely super cute)! Her warm, kind, welcoming personality would make anybody want to be her friend, and I can't help but think this had to be one of her many good qualities that Josh noticed first! Plus, let's be obvious--she's gorgeous! 

These two met while Josh was a Resident and Kelsey was a nurse, so this medical duo is sure to be a sweet team together for life--they were truly so much fun to have in front of my camera. I can't wait for next October!!