I have been sitting on these photos for weeks and it has been tearing me apart! Meghan and Cody were married this past Saturday and we had been keeping this second engagement session in Gainesville a secret. They were married at Bass Hall and Tami Winn and the bride came up with a unique idea for the entrance. Red carpet treatment with a step and repeat and of course now playing posters. For those posters we needed a spectacular image so we headed to the airport where Cody’s plane and a stunning red dress made for a dramatic image. We also stopped by his families ranch land for some images with hay bales and open fields. I love the images SO much and I just adore this couple. It was a true privilege to photograph their wedding and I can’t wait to share photos from it in the upcoming weeks.
I do have a true love story with brides and wedding dresses. One of the main reasons I am passionate about shooting weddings is that I love the fairy tale, the excitement and the uniqueness that surrounds each wedding gown and the bride that chooses it. When the owners of Brides of North Texas Magazine approached me about this dreamy vintage shoot I was on board from the moment I saw the inspiration board. It was completely up my alley as I love all things that are soft, natural, vintage and romantic. It stood out to me as different as well from other gown editorials as we were going to throw into the mix a good looking young man, some designer suiting, a table-scape, detail shots and a boudoir look! I was completely taken a back as well as I thought, little old me, shoot a gown editorial? I knew I could do it but I also think that a degree of humbleness and wanting to improve is essential to any artists growth. This shoot humbled me, wowed me and when I finally held the magazine in my hands I was in awe of what I created. I actually looked at my staff and said I can’t believe these are my photos! I am so in love with each image and the Brides of North Texas staff so blessed me with this opportunity. I can’t wait for the projects I will shoot with them in the future! Later this Fall I will share some more images from the shoot that are not in the magazine as well as a few behind the scenes moments.
FUN. I know I overuse that word but it is the best word I can possibly think of to describe this couple. They are going to have one amazing life together filled with laughter because both Kirsten and Ryan have fabulously silly personalities that make me bubble up with excitement. When I met Kirsten after they booked me (yep, they booked on the phone after being told they had to have me so we never met until a few weeks before their engagement session) I knew her wedding is one that I will be exhausted after for all the right reasons. They are getting married next June at City Club Fort Worth and will be utilizing both the Oak Room (ceremony) and the Ballroom (for their all night killer party!) We met up on a morning when the temperatures are significantly cooler this time of year and explored some locales not far from my home. Kirsten and Ryan showed up with Shiner-bock beer in hand as a prop for their country field look and some silly glasses with their date on the side for their urban look. I love when clients trust me and when I suggested a laundromat Kirsten was totally game. I am glad they were because the above photo makes me REALLY happy. 🙂 When these two met they were not friends, in fact Ryan made her cry (she was already crying but he sure didn’t help.) Years later they met up again and things clicked and they have been inseparable ever since. See you two soon!
Friday evening I ran around town with these two love birds and had a blast getting to know them a little better and exploring a new location. Monica’s one request for her session was hay bales and we got SUPER lucky as the field right by my house was cut and baled the weekend before their session. I love the tall grass there, the light and that when there are hay bales there are TONS of them. It was so perfect and just in time as they started hauling them off the following Monday. We also hit some of my favorite urban spots by the studio as well as a brand new location I found with tons of cool walls and staircases all on the same street. Love when I find new places just in time for a session. I just loved the entire session but since I can’t post 100 photos on my blog with out looking excessive here are my favorite 20!
I am so lucky to get to work with the greatest girls. My favorite weddings are often past bridesmaids and friends of my brides. Robin was a bridesmaid earlier this year in Megan & Austin’s wedding so we already had hung out and I had a feel for her in front of the camera. Corey and I hadn’t really met but he was just the sweetest thing and super fun as the three of us explored some new locations. These guys were brave from homeless men coming up to us to the discovery of a giant wasp nest during thier shoot. I think the risks paid off as we laughed and got some killer images. Here are some favorites and I can’t wait to make more beautiful images with these two at their wedding on October 17th!