Some love stories truly are fairy tales. Caitlin and Chandler's wedding was nothing short of a beautifully illustrated picture book. The details were dripping from every table, chair, and counter. Accents were sprinkled around the room in the form of cherished books, family photographs, special knick-knacks, potted plants, muffins, pastries, and mismatching flatware and China. The color palette was soft, yet the rustic nature of the venue added a strong spine and appreciated contrast to the sweetness of the decor, which to me, was such a metaphor for the bride and groom.
It was an overcast afternoon in the heart of Austin, TX. The weather was balmy, but there was a buzz in the air. At Brazos Hall, flowers were going up, greenery suspended from every naked hardwood beam, candles were being placed around chairs and tables, cocktails starting to make their way into hands, and Lindsey and her girls finished getting ready as Blake and his boys walked, dashingly in their suits, the few blocks from their downtown hotel to the venue. Everything was coming together, and it was truly breathtaking. Lindsey is as classic and lovely as they come. Even in her photos, you can see an air of grace, poise and kindness in her gaze. She is stunning, but has the heart to back it. She is well loved by all of those that surrounded her. Everyone was just genuinely thrilled to be around her and be able to celebrate her on finding her human. And Blake--he is one of those good Texas men. A strong and adoring father, a loving and beautiful mother, polite, gentle, but assured and confident all at the same time. And my favorite part of seeing men on their wedding day is getting to see the absolute adoration they have for their brides. Blake was no exception.
Man, I felt like I had known these two forever from the moment we first met at that snazzy coffee shop near where they live. Sarah is truly like a friend--someone I want to randomly call and catch up with--and I think that just says so much about her character because after being at her wedding, I now see that pretty much everyone feels that way about her. She has that rare quality of someone who you meet and know is *someone*. Almost that old-glamourous and refined Hollywood quality. So cool, so beautiful, so kind, and you want her to be your best friend. And then there is Kirk. You don't get much cooler than him.
These are the weddings you live for. The small ones that you can't help being a part of. The ones that are so easy, and so relaxed, but there is a deepness present, as well and overwhelming feeling joy and love. These are the special ones.
Man, there are still weddings that sometimes completely take my breath away. This one was certainly one of those. Will, Liz, my sister (2nd shooter and FLORIST) all went out to Marfa together last year to take some epic engagement photos. Epic, they were. When I heard all of the details of their wedding, I could hardly wait until October.
This shoot was one of the most fun things I have been able to do professionally this past year. It was a TON of work to pull off--like planning a mini-wedding, and NOT for the faint of heart, but being surrounded by fellow amazing like-minded creatives (plus the killer final product that I am SO PROUD OF) made it all too worth it.
ENGAGEMENTS // Downtown Houston Old Hollywood Glam Engagements at the Char Bar and City Park | JOHN + COURTNEY
Meet John and Courtney. Not only are they two gorgeous, intelligent and successful humans, but they are also very much in love, and very much loved by all of those around them. They are the pair you want at the party and the duo you want on your side. He adores her and it is easy to see she is her happiest self with him. They are comfortable together, easy to laugh, and full of lover's secrets and stories.
I loved the morning we all spent together. Laughing, hanging out, and making art-ish things--capturing memories, moments, and painting a picture of their love. I am so looking forward to their wedding in January!