Ever since I was small, I loved stories.  Fairytales.  Romances.
In particular, I loved the series Anne of Green Gables.  A freckled red head who found poetry in everything (sound familiar?)
Life can dull our vision, permitting only what’s responsible and rational, not romanic and winsome.

But every wedding day… I get to step back into a dream.  I am given full permission to see the world with rose colored lenses.
And the world is beautiful.

It’s no secret – I fall in love with the story again and again.  The way he looks at her.  The way she leans into him.  The way their hands linger together.
I end up loving their families too.  I’m always listening, looking for what threads of personality wound up in their children.  Krystina’s father, David, began the reception by thanking guests… but also honoring his new son in law by sharing a story.  He told of how Chad pursued his daughter through what some would consider old fashioned courtship.  Chad got to know Krystina’s family and asked her father for permission to date her.  David told Chad that if he was to pursue his daughter, he needed to know one thing:  Krystina wasn’t a toe in the water, but an all in, kind of girl.  If she gave her heart, it would be all of it.  He cautioned Chad to treasure and treat her heart with care.

Fast forward two years, heart-in-hand, Chad respectfully asks Krystina’s parents for permission to marry her.  With voice shaking and tear filled eyes, he recounted to David and Rhonda the conversation, word for word, that her father had said.  And Chad stood there, making good on the promise to guard her heart with care.

Krystina and Chad had a short engagement.  There was no point in waiting for what everyone knew:  they’d each found the one their soul loved.  One by one, all the plans fell into place.  Except for the dress.  The dress Krystina really wanted was from a dress maker in Australia and the deadline to have it made in time had come and gone.  That’s where her father stepped in and with relentless fortitude, contacted the dress maker, Made with Love.  The name is very fitting, I think.  His request for the Stevie dress in nude came to the design team when they were about to leave for New York Fashion week.  Kindly, they told him they wouldn’t be able to accommodate this request.  He immediately responded, “what can I do?  Please.  This is for my only daughter.”

Heart in throat.

Made with love came through… as did every other element to their day.  And here’s a look at their perfect ever-after day (it’s a long one, friends).

Wrecked.  I absolutely adore this.
She is his everything.
First look of dreams.





Chad and Krystina, your wedding was everything.  I loved being there to celebrate your amazing love!

With gratitude and love,

Kate

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kym N Cody Luce
Alterations: Vitip Alteration
Earrings: BaubleBar
MUA: (instagram) @blessedbridemua
Hair: (instagram) @hairbyjessica
Groom’s Suit: ASOS
Florals: Sarah Fornof
Videographer: North Mark Films
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus.com

I woke up early on Friday, October 27, feeling chilly.  It’s been an unusually warm fall here in Texas, the day before had been in the 80’s.  I checked the temperature:  it was calling for a high of 51.  Which for warm loving Texans is practically freezing!  My heart sank a bit.  I’d photographed Katie’s Bridal Session, I knew her beautiful sheath gown didn’t provide a lot of protection from the elements.  I just prayed that the excitement of the day would make her forget the windy chill in the air!

Bundled up, I headed to Aristide early to plan for Katie and Tyler’s first look.  This was my first time photographing at Aristide, one of Walters Wedding Estates lovely jewels, nestled in the heart of Flower Mound, TX.  Whenever one of my brides tells me she’s getting married at one of these venues, my confidence immediately soars.  I know the venue is exquisite and the staff is top notch.  Aristide was everything I’d hoped.

That’s not all though.  This day was everything I’d hoped it would be for Katie and Tyler.  These two couldn’t have been more delightful, more excited, more charming.  While the temperature stayed locked at 46 degrees and overcast, Katie and Tyler delivered the kind of first look moments a photographer dreams of.  It was a beautiful, heart warming, day!

This bouquet, by Details Dallas.  Mercy.  It was everything.
For every bride that worries he won’t react if he sees her before coming down the aisle:
THIS.
They were a little happy it was time to go inside and get warm.  🙂
First look with Katie’s Dad.

So, Tyler and his groomsmen have a band:  The Groomsmen.
They have each played at one another’s weddings.
Including the groom!
This family.  Sisters, Mom & Dad, embracing each other.  Celebrating Katie’s moment.
It was so beautiful!
Katie leads worship at her church and may have stolen the mic (and the show).
Give me ALL the Bride & Grooms that get on the dance floor and DANCE!
Every photographer everywhere:  “we love that guy who cuts up on the dance floor.”
Bonus when you get more than one.  😉
Welcome to forever, Mr. and Mrs. Lawson.  Your wedding was a joyous way to start a life together.
Thank you for sharing your day with me!

With Gratitude and joy,

Kate

Venue:  Aristide
Photography:  Kate Panza Photography
Florals:  Chapel, Bouquets & Boutonnieres
Bride’s Dress:  David’s Bridal
Alterations:  Ana’s Professional Alterations
Hair:  JMN Hair
MUA:  Courtney Sercey
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Neesee’s Dress
Groom’s Suit:  Men’s Wearhouse
DJ:  Kam Hunt
Cakes:  Jenny Layne Bakery

This lovely woman got married yesterday!  I’m delighted to share her bridal session images with you.  Katie, her mom Diane and I met at Lake Grapevine on a bright and early morning recently to document this beautiful time in her life.  This once in a lifetime bridal moment.  I loved her gown, it was so fitting and perfect for her personality.  Beautiful, elegant, timeless.  Something about her reminded me of Anne of Green Gables, my favorite childhood heroine. Anne was my favorite because she had red hair like me, her curiosity always got her into trouble… and she loved pretty, feminine things.

In a word, that’s how I’d describe Katie’s bridal session.  Feminine.  It was refreshing and delightful.  It held some of the things I adore most in photography:  quiet moments, fleeting glances and the romance of owning your own beauty.  It was a delightful day!
Here, we left the soft light of shade and moved directly into the harshest light of the day.  And I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
Katie, I cannot wait to share images from you and Tyler’s wedding day at Aristide!  Those will be coming very soon!

With gratitude,

Kate

The Longs joined me early this Spring to shoot their day after session in Fort Worth, TX.  Their January evening wedding didn’t allow for the beautiful portraits they wanted,
so we chose to photograph them in April at the time and place of their choosing.  Day after sessions are a great option for evening winter weddings.
And they are NEVER the day after the wedding.  😉

On this day, the greens were new and rich and evening sunlight was still bright casting a lot of drama on my lovely subjects.
I took them to a familiar park.  They held each other, enjoyed quiet moments and let the wind whip through Carleigh’s beautiful hair.
They danced and smiled.
The newness of their love was poetic and inspiring.
Here are some of my favorite moments from their portrait session.
Because wind in hair, ladies.  Wind in hair. <3
One of my favorite images of the year.

Carleigh and Scott… thank you for this.  Your story.  Your journey together.  Sharing your joy.  All of it.

May your life together be full of love, rich in moments, and may you adventure together always.

With gratitude,

Kate

Dress:  Sophia Tolli
MUA:  Rachel Marie
Shoes:  J. Renee
Hair:  Element Salon, North Richland Hills, TX