Blogging is something I love doing.
I love showing my favorite highlights of a wedding. A portrait session. An engagement.
However, it often becomes the last thing on my to-do list, because Client galleries, products and personal life often leave time only for single images shown on Instagram or Facebook.
In recent months, I’ve stepped out of working full time in ministry, and stepped full time into telling of God’s love for us, through my lens.
It is a blessing and a tremendous gift, each and every time, I’m privileged to partner with Him in photographing love.
Carleigh came to me through Gateway Church, as many, many blessings have. When we first met, she was still praying and dreaming of the man who would win her heart. Her beautiful heart.
She is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, sweetest people I have ever met. Instantly, I felt compelled to join her in praying for her spouse. A rare gem like her deserved a happily ever after and a man who would treasure the gift she is.
Not long after, she met Scott. Right away, I knew something was different. She was different. She was falling in love.
They courted. Yep, the old-fashioned kind of way. They were intentional, seeking counsel and reading books like Kari Jobe’s book, The Right One, to make sure they were choosing wisely.
And I believe they did.
I was there for their proposal and bridals (yet more blog posts I haven’t done, sorry folks!), wedding and day after session (all of which I WILL blog shortly). I’m so honored and delighted to have been chosen. Here are a few highlights of their amazing evening wedding at The Piazza in the Village in January.
The sun had set by the time their ceremony began.
Low, ambient light, framed their union.
Worship filled the space.
It was beautiful.
THIS – was Carleigh’s first EVER kiss.
Carleigh & Scott, congratulations. I’m so happy that you chose each other. And you chose me!
Many blessings and happy years.
With love and gratitude,
Venue: The Piazza in the Village
Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli
Bride’s Bridal Shop: Bliss Bridal
Bride’s Ring: GeVandov Design Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Pence and Penache Bridal
Florist: Cactus and Co. Florals
MUA: Rachel Marie
Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s Ring: James Avery
DJ: Kam Hunt
Videographer: Josh Weaver
Click here to view Josh’s video of Scott & Carleigh’s Day!
Today, I had a smack my head moment. I received a wedding inquiry from a lovely couple, whose wedding will be at Lost Mission next year. They had seen my work on Instagram and loved my style. I was delighted to hear this, so I wanted to send them a link to my work at that beautiful location. When I went to find the Swain wedding, shot last December, I panicked: I never blogged this amazing day. This perfect couple!! How could I have been so remiss?!? SMH. 🙁
So, I immediately went to work selecting my favorite moments of their day. There aren’t words really, for how beautiful these two are inside and out. But as you’ll see, they never stopped smiling all day.
Brandon and Katherine: you are the happily ever after story. I’m so grateful I got to play a small part in your day.
If you want a taste of style, tips on travel, places to find the best fashions: check out Katherine and Brandon’s blog!
and follow them on Instagram!
With deep gratitude,
~ Vendors ~
Venue: Lost Mission, San Antonio, TX
Dress Designer: Martina Liana
Dress Shop: Bella Bride Boutique
Florals: The Elegant Bee
Hair & Make Up: Vixen Onsite Hair and Makeup
Adrenaline still pumping, endorphins surging, I’d just photographed my first beach wedding in Cancun, Mexico (I love you guys: Katy & Hank!). And I was on cloud 9. Guests took turns walking down the aisle, as rows dismissed. Cheeks red, pained from my giddy-grin. They approached me and I’ll never forget her smile, salmon color dress and his warm and engaging approach. Surprisingly, he said, “when it’s our turn, you are our photographer.” That’s quite a way to introduce yourself. Something you don’t forget.
That was 3 years ago… and I’ve been waiting ever since.
Then, recently… Sherrie shows up in my inbox. Swearing me to secrecy till they told family and close friends. But here it was: their turn. And I was their photographer.
Enchanted Rock has been its namesake, only from afar till now. I’ve been waiting for that adventurous couple, not concerned with perfect hair or a few beads of sweat. But after the moment… the storytelling images.
Willing to make the climb.
Well, it was their turn.
This was their choice.
I was their photographer. So up we climbed.
Sherrie & Taylor: you were so worth the wait.
(and the climb.)
See you next month. Once again…
The dream of this shoot has been percolating in my heart for almost a decade. A decade.
I have wanted to capture, at sunset, the art of worship through dance.
Not a dancer myself (although Justin Timberlake, TobyMac and Bruno Mars make me think otherwise), I had an idea of what I’d like to create, but it was a matter of timing. And finding the right dancers to work with.
I met Krystina Simon over a year ago. This stunning beauty was quiet and is one of the most talented, committed humans I’ve ever met. She’s the founder and author of Adored With, a new website and upcoming brand, sharing health, beauty and green living advice. Trust me, she’s living proof that it works. She actually practices what she preaches. 😉
Krystina is also a dancer and a health advocate. She’s been working with me on my health for awhile now, but I had NO idea what a phenomenal dancer she was. I’d just known that she, and her friend Emma, were dancers often used by Gateway Church for various events. Gateway does everything with excellence, so there was no need for an audition.
We met in early June, at precisely the time that my heart needed to shoot “just because.”
It was soul food.
I hope in sharing, it will inspire you to worship, dance, and offer what/who you are… right where you are.
Because you were made for such a time as this.
Emma… as the sun began to set.
Krystina can fly.
Emma played music.
Forgot I was there.
The sun hit the horizon as a ball of fire, as though, agreeing with our offering.
Sometimes, my favorite images are those intentionally blurred.
How many times have I felt this.
And… in absolute brokenness, reached for the hand of the Almighty.
Jesus, you take my hand.
I’m so very grateful to both of you beautiful women, who express yourselves both fearlessly and elegantly. Your transparency in worship; sharing how moments with God can feel triumphant and heartbreaking, was exactly what I’d been longing to capture for almost a decade now. I just needed the right subjects. Thank you for your willingness to offer this gift to me, and to others. My prayer is that it is an encouragement for others to love God with their everything… in whatever stage of life that might be. You are mighty, amazing, powerful women. I’m proud to know you.