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.
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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.
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.
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.
It's so wonderful really. I love what I do. I love the people I get to know. And I cannot believe so many truly beautiful humans have come to me and trusted me to capture such special moment's in their lives. Sometimes when I am daydreaming, I will relive these sessions or events and the time I spend with brides, grooms, families, sisters, graduates, etc. It plays like a movie reel, cutting in and out of different people's lives. And then I realize I have this goofy grin on my face and a warm heart and soft pulse pumping through my bones. I just feel so... honored. Emma is honestly one of my favorite people I have ever met, and I truly CHERISH her friendship. She and Ross were MARRIED a few weeks ago in Houston. You know--that weekend that there was the HUGEST HURRICANE, LIKE, EVER?? And you know what? This bride (in this gown) totally rolled with it.
Their wedding was the perfect representation of them. The golden morning summer sun glinting through the tall trees that canopied over The Sanctuary left a palpable excitement in the air. So many people love Cody and Kim, and many came together to contribute to the morning. Paige and I co-shot the wedding together, which I always love (you can check out her blog post here). Good coffee was brewing all morning by friends from Amaya Roasting, and the most amazing brunch I have ever attended was catered by Native Family. The morning was almost quiet, yet full of sound, smell, and beauty. The day moved along with the cadence of a medieval ribbon dance—there was a rhythm that pulsed throughout the day, which moved along but was never rushed. The florals and décor were all the cooperative effort of an equally creative community surrounding Kim and her family. I am so thankful to have been asked to be a part of this day and to get to be there with Kim as she became Cody’s forever. I will truly never forget it.