This 2015 sun has been so good to us. Crystal is a talented photographer herself and it was such an honor that she asked me to photograph their precious family! We had such a blast running through the fields and climbing trees with these guys.
Wow. I cannot believe I’m writing this post right now. January 1, 2014 still feels like yesterday only now it’s actually two weeks in to 2015. I don’t even have the appropriate words to express how absolutely stupendous this last year was. I’ll try anyway… it was magical. Inspiring. Surprising. Challenging. Joyous. Blissful. Fast. Funny. Wondrous.
I could go on and on, but you’re not here to read a thesaurus so I won’t.
Most notably from the year of two thousand and fourteen, Talon and I got engaged and we started planning our wedding! If you don’t know our story, Talon and I have been together for about 5 years, so a proposal was a long time coming. We’ve pretty much been planning our wedding since the day we met. The second most notable thing, to us, is that we have come across some really incredible brides & grooms and made some truly life-long friendships. In our personal lives, Talon and I are both very introverted and wedding photography has blessed our lives in so many ways, one of which is that it really makes us be social (haha!). We also did a TON of traveling this year (links coming below) which changed our lives in so many ways. In less important news, we cleared out over half of our clutter and are still working towards living simply and minimally, I learned calligraphy, Talon started a music blog (To the Pacific), we created with a myriad of talented vendors, we cut our edit time in half, I completed a 52 books in a year New Years challenge to myself (#featherandtwinereads), we bought our first real christmas tree, we drove about 30,000 miles, we photographed 47 weddings and too many sessions to count. See adjectives above just so I can reiterate how freaking amazing this year was. How will 2015 ever top this??? Oh yeah, I get to marry the absolute love of my life. How fantastic!
Event Planning: Jennifer Laura Design
Event Design: Katherine (bride) with Ardour Design
Florals: Kate Foley Designs
Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust
Hair/Makeup: Tracy Melton
You may recognize these two lovebirds from our recent shoot with them in London and be pretty confused. Katherine is from Dallas. Chris is from the UK. Katherine moved to London from Dallas, met Chris, they fell in love, and decided to officially tie the knot at Katherine’s family home and also have a pretty awesome wedding/celebration/party in the UK. Fast forward to Katherine finding us; we all immediately hit it off and decided to do both their Texas and London wedding. We immediately knew that Katherine and Chris’ wedding would be something fun, laid back and different. Plus, you all know how much we love a good backyard wedding. Katherine, a kindred spirit, already had a pretty good idea of what details she wanted to incorporate in to the wedding from the beginning which we loved. She chose some really talented and amazing vendors which made the day even more amazing! Plus, there were a TON of DIY elements – as in, pretty much everything you see. Katherine’s dad MADE the awesome woodland ceremony canopy and set (with lovely florals added by Kate Foley) and he also made those amazing trays you see with Katherine and Chris’ names on them. So, yeah, awesome.
This weekend we wrapped our last weekend of holiday minis and they were too cute not to share. Merry Christmas!
“Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way, he’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year when the world falls in love
Ev’ry song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas,
“May your New Year dreams come true”
And this song of mine in three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours the same thing, too”
Aubrey & Scott are some of the most genuine, lovely people we have come to know and they are really, really good at loving one another. Aubrey & Scott had a brunch wedding at Aubrey’s grandparents home (now her parent’s home) complete with a coffee bar by Avoca Coffee, delicious brunch food by Breadwinners, and a really laid-back vibe. Aubrey & Scott are both complete music lovers/nerds so the music was extremely important to them throughout the planning process, and they had the Lonesome Doves play beautiful, acoustic versions of some of their favorite songs as they married under beautiful trees and the morning sun (Scott even hopped in to play drums with the band during the reception!). This was one of our absolute favorite weddings of the year, so enjoy! You can see their engagements here and Aubrey’s bridals here!
Reception Venue: Hickory Street Annex
Planning and Design: Brooke at Each and Every Detail
Paper Design: The bride, Katy Pierce
Floraks: Kristin Wolchick Haute Florals
Hair/Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio
Since the moment we met Katy and her mom during Skype, it was clear they had a vision for the wedding day and, boy, wasn’t it a great one? Their reception set up is one of my favorite from this whole year. Katy also designed all of the paper goods you see there, she’s a graphic designer in Boston and she is extremely talented! We also loved that instead of doing a sparkler exit, they pulled all of their guests outside and we took a super fun group photo of everyone! It was a great option for folks who are partying late and still want an “exit” feel without actually having your guests leave!
Remember last month when we went to Europe and got engaged? Well, we also met up with our most favorite Londoners to do a little shoot in and around central London. This day was a definite career high for us, I mean, shooting with Big Ben as a backdrop? Come on. That’s unreal!