365 Days of Love: Melissa + Zach

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365 is the number. Love is the measurement. 365 Days of Love that is. That’s what this sweet couple celebrated recently and I was privileged to document it.

Zach and Melissa’s love for each other is so clear. They met in Missouri in 2007 at a coffee shop and dated for a short time before their paths took separate turns. She headed overseas and he stayed put. About a year later, those paths reunited in Dallas, TX coincidentally…or maybe not so coincidentally because you see, they were meant to be. He proposed in 2010 and they married in 2011. Now, a year after they said their ‘I Do’s,’ they are still celebrating their love.

Wanting to keep track of all their adventures together in the years to come, they decided to do an anniversary shoot each year that commemorated something special about that particular year of marriage. Yep, LOVE that! When they contacted me with the idea I was more than onboard. We met early in the morning to escape the summer heat and had such a blast! Since this was their first year together, their first apartment was particularly special so we made that our location. Being a sentimental addict, I loved this idea. We spent the morning doing things they enjoy doing together and simply celebrating their first 365 days of love.

Enjoy some of my favorites from the shoot!

Happy Friday!

Melissa made these awesome little flags and got Sprinkles Cupcakes which are to die for. Really.

There are some great walking trails around their apartment and they love taking walks together. It made for a beautiful first spot.

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Melissa…you are beautiful.

If you are planning a wedding this is a fabulous idea. They had their wedding guests write them a card at the wedding for them to open on their 1 year anniversary. What a fun idea!

Yeah, this light was too good to be true.

Favorite.

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They love to cook together so we headed to their kitchen and did some early morning baking. SO fun.

They also love to drink coffee so these were a fun gift. Seriously awesome mugs.

We then headed out to the porch to take some pics with this cute sign. Love it.

Love and coffee. Can it get better?

They both also love to read together which I greatly admire. I need to read more…

Yep, another fav. The light made me get really giddy. If you are a past client, you know what that looks like!

Married! And loving it!

With the summer sun coming up in full blaze, they were troopers and headed out for just a few more. Love this tree.

ONE YEAR!!! I told them they needed to close every anniversary shoot incorporating something that represented the year they were celebrating. This one was easy. 25 may be a little more difficult!

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Love in the Park: Lauren + Devin

Where South Versailles meets Lomo Alto, there is a quaint little park. You may not even notice it if you were to simply drive by but if you stop and take a moment, you’d fall in love with it. Love was a key part of that park a few weeks ago when I hid behind some bushes and secretly photographed the proposal of my dear friends Lauren and Devin. As bystanders walked by giving me strange looks, I just waved them on doing my best to communicate that I wasn’t a creeper. It was all worth it too as I look at these images and think of what a special day it was!

I was there when they met. I had just moved to town and was visiting her at the seminary she attended. Little did she know, he had been crushing on her since the beginning of the semester but they had yet to meet. She was the pretty blonde in his morning class that he really wanted to get to know. So, at chapel that afternoon, some of his friends very craftily schemed to get a group together for dancing that night. The world would be lacking if it weren’t for wing men. Along for the ride, we all headed to Fort Worth. With the two of them in the front seat, conversation flowed and a date was proposed. Seven months later, with me in the bushes, he proposed something much more significant. A life together. Without hesitation, she of course said yes.

Lauren and Devin, I am SO very excited for you both and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for you as a couple. Devin, thanks for letting me be part of that special day! Lauren, thanks for being such a sweet friend! You made my transition to Dallas so much fun and much easier than it should have been!

Enjoy some of my favorite shots from the proposal!

Happy Friday!

Love is In the Air: Beth + Tommy

It’s funny the places life takes you. There are people that come into your life early on and through life’s twists and turns, they remain. Our families grew up together. There were four girls in our family and three in their’ s. We were all the same age though because we cheated with twins. Both families found their church home at a little church downtown that met in an old theatre. It was simple…VERY simple…and there weren’t very many of us. However, one thing was true. We were a family. The church was called Believers Fellowship and that’s exactly what it was. A fellowship of believers. We loved each other dearly, did life together and literally grew together. Beth is the eldest of their three girls but we were close enough in age to still cross paths quite often. I have pictures of us at church picnics with us all in crazy costumes. We even spent a hot summer in Tyler, TX together as we both prepared to go overseas on a mission trip in high school. Oh the stories we could tell of life in our small town in Oklahoma.

Over the years Beth and I have kept up and managed to still cross paths every now and then even though our lives have led us all over. In many ways I attribute my interest in photography to her. She used to always take her camera everywhere and take snapshots of daily life. We’d sit at the bottom of my steps in the house I grew up in, talking until late at night with all our friends. I remember she’d just pull out her camera every once in a while and take a snap shot. “I want to do that someday,” I’d think to myself. And thanks to her inspiration, that someday has come.

I was thrilled when Beth called me a few months ago and told me that she was engaged! She and Tommy had met at a work Christmas party and hit it off immediately. Unfortunately, they were based in different cities but that didn’t stop them, love was in the air. It didn’t take long for these two to realize they wanted to be together forever. We met up in downtown Frisco, TX for their engagements and had a BLAST! With Beth being a photographer herself, she practically read my mind the whole session! Oh what a dream. On top of that, their love for one another was so evident that I didn’t even have to try to instruct them. They did it all on their own! Again, oh what a dream.

Beth and Tommy, thanks so much for letting me be part of your engagement season! I had so much fun on our session and can’t thank you enough for trusting me to the point of traipsing around in wheat fields and old, run down, snake-ridden barns. I am so excited for your September wedding and your future together! Beth, thanks for the years of horrible costumes, overseas trips, youth group, staircase talks, candid photos and friendship! Here’s to many more years of crossed paths!

Enjoy some of my favorites of their session!

Happy Thursday!

Happy 🙂

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Beth insisted she wasn’t very good at what I call the ‘Sasha Fierce’ look. I beg to differ. Those eyes are too beautiful to describe…

Um…yeah. In love with this one. Such happy faces.

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Looking good Tommy. Lookin good.

See what I mean about those eyes? Gorgeous.

They brought the coolest wine classes with them that they bought in Eureka Springs, AR where they are getting married. I want them…

Yep, this light was a dream. Yummy light.

Tommy served in the United States Marine Corps so I loved that they brought these for the shoot. How often we forget the sacrifice so many give us. Thank you Tommy for fighting for our country and our freedom. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.

Proud of her man!

So, I drove past a wheat field recently and decided it would be a dream to shoot in. Thankfully, my clients trust me enough to go where I ask…and I hope they think its worth it because I sure do! We ventured off into the unknown of this field…which was pretty high. They were such troopers though and let me be a little crazy. I LOVE the result though so maybe my craziness pays off…

The fact that the moon is in this shot is just icing on the cake.

So…no word except Favorite.

Ok so another favorite. You can never have too many.

Bring those awesome wine glasses out again…of course.

The benefit of shooting in a wheat field in North Texas: There just happens to be a really cool old abandoned barn across the street. Ok…awesome.

I think they are in love or something…

The Unbreakable Vow: Tiffany + Michael

On September 23rd, 2007 they began their relationship. They had grown up together but had never really crossed paths until mutual friends introduced them their senior year of high school. The first thing she noticed about him were his ‘gorgeous green eyes.’ The first thing he noticed about her were her ‘gorgeous green eyes.’ A match made in heaven.

On September 23rd, 2010, exactly four years after they began dating, he knelt to the ground and asked her to marry him. After a long night of her wishing it was indeed ‘the night,’ he started to take her home and she had given up hope. By the time he surprised her with a gazebo-front proposal, she was so speechless she could only nod in acceptance.

On September 23, 2012 they will become husband and wife and make an unbreakable vow.

Tiffany and Michael have a sweet love story marked by tradition and celebration and I am so honored that they would allow me to be there on that special 9/23. We had a blast shooting their engagements in the Bishop Arts District and they were such troopers as I had them running around all over the place. Not only did they endure my giddiness due to all kinds of ‘yummy light’, but they were champs as we endured a patch of untimely rain. I stood shooting under an umbrella and they didn’t flinch. Can’t wait for these two to tie-the-knot in late September!

Enjoy some of my favorites of their shoot!

Happy Tuesday!

(When I asked Tiffany what she and Michael loved to do together, she said they love to read Harry Potter books. How fun is that. So of course we had to incorporate them into the shoot…duh. When she told me that there was a chapter entitled ‘The Unbreakable Vow’ I was beside myself. How fitting for this couple who are about to do just that! Love it. Maybe I need to pick me up a HP copy and start the series after all…)

I’d like to take credit for Michael’s awesome laugh here but I’m pretty sure his bride-to-be gets the glory. Wish I was that funny…

I can absolutely see why he noticed her eyes first. Beautiful.

Love this shot. Curbside romance.

We found this awesome green door in a random abandoned little nook of the district. I think some people would have looked at me like I was a nutcase but they just smiled and let me do my thing. I think it paid off. That green wall with her ‘gorgeous green eyes’ was dynamite.

He really liked it…

In the middle of the rain storm, this guy waived us inside to an unfinished store space he was working on and invited us to take some pics. He was thoughtful AND creative.

The rain was actually perfect timing for us to go inside a cute coffee shop in the Bishop Arts and break out the Harry Potter books. I love it when couples incorporate things that are special to them.

Once the rain stopped, we decided to move outside and utilize some of that wonderful post rain light. Heavenly.

This was definitely taken on a newspaper stand…oh macro how I love thee.

Girl…stop it with those eyes. You are gorgeous. Seriously.

It was about this time that I was doing my usual ‘yummy light meets great image’ squeal. Its a wonder my clients don’t turn me in as a crazo.

An Answered Prayer: Jessica + Reed Engagement

They met in March 2011. Jessica was being brought on to work for Global Aid Network, an organization that seeks to demonstrate the love of God to hurting and needy people around the world. Reed was working for them at the time but unfortunately, and as if to make the story that much better, it was his last week.  “We didn’t talk more than a mere exchange of words,” she said, “but I remember thinking he was cute and it was a shame he was leaving.” Fate would take care of this dilemma just a few months later however, as they reconnected at an engagement party for mutual friends. After talking at length and recognizing they would be attending the same seminary in the fall, Reed’s interest peaked and a plan began to form. Asking Jessica to coffee to ‘discuss seminary’ was a perfect way to learn more about this woman who had caught his attention. Four hours into the coffee date he got her number and their love story started.

Little did they know however, that God had been designing this match long before those lattes were ever served. You see, throughout their lives, God been developing in each of them a desire and a heart to reach the nations…separately. Reed had been praying for a spouse that would share his heart for missions, and the Lord delivered. Faithfully. He gave them each other to fulfill that desire…together. An answered prayer.

With a shared heart for the world, an ability to laugh together and a love that is undeniable, these two will tie the knot in September! I met Jessica at church my first Sunday in Texas and we immediately bonded over our shared love for photography. While being a wedding/portrait photographer herself, she is also pursuing a master’s in media communication so as to use her talents for humanitarian work. I was instantly challenged and encouraged by her heart to use photography to change lives. When she asked me to shoot their wedding I was incredibly honored! Their engagement shoot in downtown Dallas was a ton of fun and I can’t wait for September!

Reed and Jessica, thanks so much for letting me part of this season with you! It is clear that the Lord has brought you together to do great things for the nations. I can’t wait to see where He takes you together!

Happy Thursday!

Love these next two.

Jessica spent part of her life growing up in Dallas and she distinctly remembers this blue building. She would drive to church and always think of how intriguing it was. So, of course it made a perfect backdrop for our shoot.

Stunning. Seriously stunning.

We went downtown for the urban feel but I love these beautiful tall trees in the middle of downtown. Perfect.

Favorite. So content.

What an incredibly beautiful couple! I told Reed that he’s lucky he gets to look at those pretty blue eyes for the rest of his life…

Sweet moment.

I asked Jessica to fix his tie and in the middle of it she and I both discovered neither of us actually know how to tie a tie. I need to add that to my to do list. You never know when that will come in handy.

These red flowers outside the Myerson Symphony center were a perfect backdrop for our cloudy afternoon shoot.

I’m in love with this shot. Love.

Pure delight in the man that she loves.

When Jessica and I were discussing the shoot, she expressed that she really wanted to incorporate Sprinkles Cupcakes which of course was music to my ears. Any girl who loves her some cupcakes is a woman after my own heart. Without even meaning to, she got one white and one black…ironically very bride and groom-esque. I loved it!

Bling Blingitty.

As the sun began to set we headed over to the El Fenix restaurant where these two will have their rehearsal dinner. It has an A-mazing roof top patio for dining where you can see the Dallas skyline. Needless to say I was a kid in a candy shop!

Favorite.

Really Jessica, you made this easy.

Can you say money shot? For real, I can’t get enough of this.

Marriage.

So recent events have got me thinking. Marriage. What a wonderful word that can’t even begin to express the depth of what it really is. Having never had the privilege of sharing in such a union, I know that my understanding is limited. However, having also had the great privilege of witnessing some incredible examples of marriage, I feel confident enough to say that the unity of a man and woman is unlike anything else. It is precious. Special. Ordained. Refining. Intimate.

Sacred.

I believe in this unity and I am blessed to be able to be a witness to so many covenants. In the midst of the chaos, the exhaustion and the stress of my profession, I feel so honored to document that significant day when a bride looks to her groom and says, “I do.” It is that union that is worth celebrating because it is set out by God, His plan…not our own.

As wedding season continues on, in the midst of all my craziness, I am grateful today to so frequently be able to join in celebration as a groom and his bride join in perfect unity.

Happy Friday.

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Childhood Friends to Soul Mates: Kori + Colin Engagement Photography

They’ve known each other their whole lives but it took 15 years of separation to turn into love. Their dads have been friends since junior high. When they were kids, their families would spend summer vacations together in Colorado. They hiked, fished and were just kids together but little did they know it was the foundation of something much bigger. Better. Sweeter. Something significantly more special. It was the foundation of their love story.

After 15 years of not seeing each other due to life and its demands, they reconnected last September. It was like they picked up where they left off…just good friends. This time, however, there was a spark. It didn’t take long for these two to realize they were meant to be more than just childhood playmates. ‘We were quickly inseparable,’ she told me. In a whirlwind romance that is movie worthy, to the great joy of their families, this sweet couple is set to be wed this fall!

In an even more fun twist, Kori and I grew up down the street from each other! I have a distinct memory of participating in a July 4th neighborhood parade together (parade meaning we decorated our bikes with streamers and balloons. We were that good), not to mention graduating high school alongside her at dear old PO-HI. Funny that I knew her when she was spending the summers with her future husband. When she asked me to do their engagements I was thrilled to have the chance to reconnect!

Kori and Colin, thanks so much for letting me share in your engagement season! Our session was so much fun! Colin, you seriously made me laugh way too much and the ranch was an amazing place to shoot! Wishing you both the best as your prepare for your wedding and life together!

Enjoy some of my favorites! We shot at Colin’s family’s ranch and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! Seriously, I was giddy.

Happy Tuesday!

This was one of the first shots I took and I knew it was going to be a good day.

Sweet.

Girl. Seriously beautiful.

They had to wear ‘Bean boots’ because it was muddy in the field. LOVE it.

Fav.

Took some ring shots while they were changing. Isn’t this bling beautiful!? Not to mention this was taken on a bull’s horn. Awesome.

Colin took me over to the stables and introduced me to all of the horses. What a fun setting and so fitting for him.

Rawr.

Probably one of my favorite shots ever. The kiss behind the cowboy hat just can’t be beat.

Dancing with his bride…

I may gasp a little every time I see this shot. If I could pick up this tree and take it with me…I totally would. If only.

Yep…perfect.

If you have ever been a client of mine…you know what this light is called in my book. Yummy light. This is the part of the shoot where I could uncontrollably giddy. Unashamedly so.

Sweetly content.

Even though Kori and I are born and bred Okies, this brick was too good to pass up. Especially since they will be residents of Texas. I had to get permission from her first cause we both know Okie blood runs deep 🙂

I will close with this because it is maybe my favorite part 🙂 Colin gave me a pair of ‘Bean Boots’ to wear around the ranch as well! I felt like I got an authentic experience and so of course I had to document it. Duh. Enjoy me and my bean boots. I’m such a rancher. Remember, after all...I should have been Mrs. John Wayne.