It’s only been a week since Tarah and Phil’s wedding, but I was too giddy and excited about it I couldn’t wait to share the beauty. Getting to shoot at the beautiful CW Hill Country ranch venue in Boerne Texas was a dream, and Tarah’s level of effort and excellence she put into every detail from the schedule to their letters for each other to sweet gifts for her parents. She bears so much beauty inside and out. And that BHLDN dress and a bouquet of wheat and lavender?! So incredibly dreamy. It was supposed to rain that day, so they moved the wedding from inside to outside, and it turned out so perfect. With the cross outside behind the gorgeous tall windows, the two made their lifelong commitment to each other. Congratulations Phil and Tarah! May the Lord bless you and your beautiful life together.
They grew up in the same homeschool group, and connected over their mutual interests, complementary personalities, and like minded pursuit of Christ and ministry. As soon as I met these two it was clear they were made for each other. When Ben and Hannah reached out about having me shoot their autumn wedding in their Iowa hometown, they said they’d really love engagement photos as well, and asked what would be the best way to work that out. I was surprised when I suggested meeting halfway and taking photos in Wichita, KS, they were immediately on board. I enjoyed every minute of our afternoon together, wandering all over Wichita and chasing beautiful light. Their coffee and cream, melody and harmony, fun, unconditional, quirky, poetic relationship was such a joy to document. I can’t wait until I get to shoot all the wondrous moments of their special day in October.
Every couple that invites me to be a part of their wedding day is so dear to my heart. But this one is even more special. I met Russell at a Christian conference about four years ago in September, and it’s been amazing to watch his continual growth in Christ, abundant love for others, and heart for a lifestyle of ministry. This last year he told us he was bringing his girlfriend to the conference.
When I met Shani, it was immediately clear that they were perfect for each other in a million ways. He’s extroverted, energetic, and passionate, she’s introverted, sincere, and had such a warm and caring heart for everyone she met. This March, I had the honor of documenting them enter into the covenant of marriage. Their wedding was perfect in so many ways, from the Christ exalting corporate worship, the rich message, the many speeches at the reception that bore testimony of the love and impact these two have made on so many. I couldn’t be happier for them, and I’m excited for all the Lord has planned to do through their marriage for their family, their community, and the Kingdom.
You don’t have to travel far to go on an adventure.
An evening at the creek close to home, fishing and catching frogs,
singing soft songs that you all know by heart,
and watching the sun go down.
venturing into tiny new experiences and finding the freedom to be yourself.
The most meaningful journey is not to a place, but to a feeling- a knowing.
That you are loved, after all.
By those who have been there all along.
This August, one of my dearest friends said yes to the man of her dreams. I was honored to not only be a bridesmaid, but the primary photographer of her special day. One of the craziest jobs I’ve ever undergone, but so so worth it. To be the one to capture all the sweet moments of her beautiful dream come true (with the help of my fantastic assistant Jen Michelle Photography)
So many sweet details in this one. The letter to her mom, the first look with her dad. The date of the wedding was purposely set on Becky’s grandparent’s 75th wedding anniversary, and on the cake table was a special cake just to celebrate their long lasting love. Today I get to share a glimpse into the story of this perfect Summer wedding day, while I tear up once again, like I have so many times through the editing process, as I think about how happy I am for one of my dearest friends to become a Mrs. to such a kind and godly man. Enjoy!