A Romantic Backyard Texarkana Wedding | Lance & Heather

A Romantic Backyard Texarkana Wedding | Lance & Heather

The air was filled with warm, beautiful light as the sun slowly sunk behind the horizon. Heather stood in front of a tall, single tree in the middle of her family’s field and looked into Lance’s eyes as she promised to be there for each him, for better or worse. Lance smiled as he made the same promise to her, and in that moment, nothing else seemed to matter.

Lance and Heather were married this past spring, and it was an honor to photograph this wedding with Kate Reynolds Photography. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites!

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A Downtown McKinney, Texas Engagement | Jason & Stephanie

A Downtown McKinney, Texas Engagement | Jason & Stephanie

When he thought about the best way to propose, their upcoming trip to Florida seemed like the natural, romantic choice. But as they were preparing to leave, Jason realized that it just wouldn’t be quite them. For a couple who would rather spend the night binging on netflix with their cats than go out with friends, it made the most sense for Jason to ask Stephanie to be his wife where they were most comfortable. Together, at home. So instead he lit some candles, gathered all their kitties in one room, and asked Stephanie to spend forever with him while soft music filled the air. Stephanie was so shocked and caught off guard that she couldn’t stop laughing, overjoyed by the fact that they would officially spend the rest of their days together.

This past weekend, Lucas and I met Steph and Jason outside of Dallas for their downtown McKinney engagement session. We spent some time at their future wedding venue, peeking in interesting store windows, and trying not get hit by a car. :) It’s incredibly clear that Stephanie and Jason are perfect for each other, and it was a joy to document a bit of their love for them.

Stephanie and Jason, thank you so much for allowing us into your lives for an afternoon. We had a fantastic time getting to know you better and bonding over our mutual cat ownership. :) We hope that when you look at these photographs, you see the love that you share… and we hope you’ll cherish that always.

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A Twin Creeks Lake Pavilion Wedding in Texarkana, Arkansas | MacKenzie & Dillon

A Twin Creeks Lake Pavilion Wedding in Texarkana, Arkansas | MacKenzie & Dillon

Dillon and MacKenzie were married on a cool April afternoon under a simple wooden archway intertwined with bare brown vines. Boyce Lake sprawled behind them as the perfect backdrop, and as they locked eyes and repeated their handwritten vows, nothing could have ruined their day.

It was an absolute honor to be the second photographer for Kate Reynolds Photography on Dillon and MacKenzie’s wedding day, and I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites.

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A Joyful Pinnacle Mountain Engagement Session | Alesha & Cody

A Joyful Pinnacle Mountain Engagement Session | Alesha & Cody

You know that special bond you feel with someone when you discover you listen to the same bands or went to the same concert last year? Music has a way of bringing people together. Sometimes, more closely than you ever thought possible.

Alesha is a graphic designer, and Cody is a youth pastor at an inner city after school program. Their paths were unlikely to cross… except for their mutual love of music and Jesus. Cody and Alesha both serve on the worship team at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. When they met, they quickly discovered how much they had in common. They’re both passionate about people, worship, serving Jesus, and living life to the fullest… and at exactly the right time, music brought them together in a way they would have never imagined. They quickly realized that the Lord’s plan for their lives included each other… and 10 months after they began dating, Cody asked Alesha to be his wife.

Lucas and I met up with Cody and Alesha for their Pinnacle Mountain Engagement Session in Little Rock this week, and had a fantastic afternoon adventuring with them! We wandered around the trails, up some of the mountain, and ventured dangerously close to the edge of some rather steep cliffs. Not only did we have a blast getting to know these two, but their natural interaction with each other made my job so much fun!! These two are obviously made for each other, and their joy is completely and totally contagious. Seriously. I dare you not to smile as you look through these images. :)

Cody and Alesha, thank you so much for trusting us with this season of your life. We absolutely can’t wait to serve you in it, and we’re SO looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Moving into our new Home & Visiting Alaska | July Highlights & August Goals

Moving into our new Home & Visiting Alaska | July Highlights & August Goals

The year is absolutely, officially, more than halfway over, and my head is spinning a bit just thinking about how much has happened and how quickly it’s gone by. It seems like just yesterday that I sat down at my desk, determined to make 2014 super productive, intentional, and memorable.

And honestly? It’s been all of those things, just not quite in the ways that I imagined. In a lot of ways, I know that I need to push myself to grow over the next several months, but today I just want to celebrate all of the little victories and adventures that July brought our way.

I photographed weddings every weekend in July, except for the one I was in Alaska.
Oh, and I got to go to Alaska….
Which was absolutely incredible in every way. I’ll blog about that specifically soon!
I also got to spend more time with my parents than I have in a long time, which was nice. :)
Lucas and I moved out of our first apartment and into our first house together.
The office is still a disaster, but we’ve made SO MUCH PROGRESS in every other room. Nothing is finished, but it’s coming together!!
I’ve become kind of obsessed with interior design. I’m just so determined to make our home a functional, simplified space where others feel welcome and comfortable.
I’ve spent more time than I thought was humanly possible on IKEA’s website, planning for our pilgrimage there in a few weeks.
Seriously. I think I probably have a browser open with something IKEA-related right now.
I’ve booked several 2015 weddings this month, which is makes me feel both incredibly blessed and excited for what’s to come!

August is going to be a pretty laid-back month as far as my wedding season goes, so I’m going to take the opportunity while I can to focus a bit on my life, marriage, and priorities before things get crazy again in September. I’ve learned so much about myself through the craziness of shooting weddings every weekend this Spring/Summer, and I want to take that knowledge and put systems in place to better manage my time in the coming months. I also want to use August to get our new home completely in order (which will be much easier after our IKEA trip in a few weeks! Seriously, ya’ll. I shouldn’t be as excited about this as I am.) and establish a few routines and habits that will make life happier.

Finally, the most urgent and clearly significant goal for the month of August is to bring home Marly the cat.
Because our house just isn’t home without a cat.
Obviously.
:)

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