Charlotte + Josh . Little Ouseburn, England . Wedding

If you were to ask me what are some of the highlights of what I do, I would tell you about the people I get to meet, the cultures I’ve had a taste of and the places I’ve been privileged enough to travel. This wedding definitly took me the furthest from home where I met wonderful new people… all the way in Little Ouseburn, England, just outside of York.

Meet Charlotte and Josh. They were married in a little church in the English countryside, followed by a celebration in the gardens of her family’s home. They met in college here in the states and Josh followed her back to England. The way he looks at her makes it clear why he has stayed:)Pod is their very loved fur-baby and he was an important guest in the gardens. Both Charlotte and Josh are hardcore athletes and tied in their love for biking to the wedding details. Not only are the details adorable and the location a dream, Charlotte and Josh are two of the kindest people you could meet. Congratulations to you both and I wish you a lifetime of happiness and blessings!

Here are some of my faves…

Oak + Emily . Muskegon, MI . Wedding

The first wedding of 2017 will go down as one of the most special weddings I’ve had the privilege of capturing. I remember when baby Oak was born as we have mutual family. Oak has always impressed me with his wisdom, starting from an early age. Then he met his match in Emily. These are two people who respect and love one another in a way that is rare. So when Oak and Emily reached out to me to capture their wedding, it was an easy yes and an honor for me to capture.

Oak and Emily were married in Muskegon, MI, in January, on an abnormally extra-frozen day, with beautiful fluffy snow covering the ground. The locations of the photos were each chosen because they are meaningful to the couple in some way. The details they had woven throughout the day also had much meaning. One of my favorites is the inside of Oak’s ring is wood (see the photo below), but not just any wood… it is a piece of driftwood from Lake Michigan. So cool! It was surrounded by their closest friends and family, that they exchanged these rings and committed their lives to one another. I couldn’t be happier that these two special people have found one another. Congratulations Oak and Emily!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me:)

Ceremony + Reception: The Watermark
Getting Ready Location: The Frauenthal Theater
Florals: Le Fleur Shoppe
Caterer: Harris Hospitality
DJ: Modern Entertainment

Here are some of my faves…

Erin + Patrick . Spring Branch, TX . Wedding

A good estate sale is worth stopping for. Agreed? I didn’t know just how worth my time they are until this happened… A few years ago, while I was waiting in line at an estate sale, a fight broke out. A very heated verbal argument held up the line making it slightly awkward for the rest of us waiting. So what did us waiting patiently do? We turned to each other and bonded over this awkward moment… which leads me to how I met Erin:)Eventually the argument in front of us died down and we were able wrap up our purchases and go about our business.

Fast-forward to this spring when I receive a call from this bride-to-be saying, “I know this is going to sound strange, but do you remember being at an estate sale years ago and an argument broke out in front of us? Well I’m engaged and I want you to photograph my wedding!” Not only did I remember, but this may just be my all-time-favorite story of how a bride found me:)

Erin and Patrick are a thoughtful and kind couple and it truly was a pleasure to capture their big day. They are so down-to-earth and it’s clear they respect one another and value each other. And those florals… swoon! Thank you for including me in your day and Congratulations to you both!!

Ceremony + Reception: The Lost Mission
Make-up Artist: Catherine Martinez-Bowles
Invitations: Moon Mippy
Floral Design: Aldoph Pesina
Cake: Cakes by Cathy, Cathy Young
Caterer: RK Group
Band: Matchmaker Band

Also, Erin is a talented floral designer (check out her work here: http://mserinrose.com)

Xueting + Runhao . Mackinac Island, MI . Wedding

Xueting and Runhao’s wedding will forever hold a special place in my heart for two main reasons: the people and the setting. Xueting and Runhao said their vows on the lawn of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI. Mackinac Island is an island that sits between the Lower and Upper Peninsula’s of Michigan. It is a place that you can reach only by boat and when you set foot on the island, you are taking a step back in time. There are no cars, only bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. When I was younger, my family would travel to the island on our sailboat and we would stay in the marina. We would wake up to the sound of cannons firing from Fort Mackinac and we would explore every inch of the island over our visits stretched throughout the years. When Xueting and Runhao contacted me to capture their special day here, I was so excited they had chosen such a standout location.

Now for the people that stamped this wedding on my heart. Xueting and Runhao are both from China and hosted their closest family and friends who traveled from China to join them. It was an intimate affair. I was one of a few that spoke english and for their dinner and Xueting and Runhao were gracious enough to invite my team to join them. I was honored. While I couldn’t understand the words being said, I could see and feel the joy, the tears, the laughter, the emotions that connect us all as humans. It was an experience I will never forget. Xueting and Runhao, I wish you both the best life has to offer and thank you for your kindness and hospitality on your very special day. Congratulations!!

Ceremony + Reception (and most of the details): The Grand Hotel

India + Dan . San Antonio, TX . Wedding

India and Dan’s wedding was one spectacular event! It isn’t every day that I have the honor of capturing the wedding of someone I also get the pleasure of working in the industry with. India and her mother, Billinda, are the very talented Event Planners of Wilkinson Rhodes. They are known for designing truly exquisite events. Needless to say, this wedding was not only detail-laden with beauty, but was super special to be a part of! The design was centered around florals and did not disappoint. The ballroom was decorated using over 20,000 tulips. You read that right. Ah-Mazing!! India and Dan light up in the presence of one another… What a special celebration of two wonderful people tying the knot! Thank you for including me and a HUGE congratulations India and Dan!!

Ceremony: Christ Episcopal Church
Reception: The Saint Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Event Planner and Floral Design: Wilkinson Rhodes, Matthew Gonzales
Makeup: Amanda Moseley
Musical Entertainment: VOX Audio
Band: Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra
Entertainment: Butt Sketch Artists
Dessert: Frost 321
Lighting: BP Lighting
Videographer: Daniel Holman

There is not enough room to share all of my favorites, but here is a taste…