Featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs
Film: Fuji400h + Portra800
Venue – Winfield Inn | Event Design – Melinda Massey By Design | Floral – Lee Warth Floral Design | Stationery and Calligraphy – Whitney Farnsworth | Videography – Stringer Productions | Rentals – Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Linens – Premiere Linens | Band – Royal Dukes Band | Lighting – Intelligent Lighting Design | Ceremony Musicians – Colin Leonard and Adeline Rechner | Catering – Word of Mouth Catering | Bakery – Josephine Brent Custom Pasteries | Hair Stylist – Holly Kottwitz | Makeup Artist – Sarah Behrens | Bridesmaids dresses – Ann Taylor | Gown – Justin Alexander from Blue Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes – Betsey Johnson | Suits – Vera Wang
I've been sitting here trying to figure out the words to say that accurately describe how I feel about this precious couple. I honestly can't even put into words how in awe of this couple I am. I caught a glimpse of the sweetness of Lauren's heart as she did the flower girls' makeup and then later washed the feet of her husband. And the way that Alex looks at Lauren and takes care of her...you guys. I love these two and the way they love one another and those around them.
Intimate backyard weddings make my heart so happy. Kate+Ryan's wedding was perfect, complete with simple, elegant details. And let's talk about Kate's dress for a quick sec. Kate designed this dress herself and had one of her friends create it, and it. is. magical -- not to mention completely swoon-worthy.
It was such an incredible honor to be part of Kate+Ryan's day. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding to photograph and a sweeter couple to work with.
You can read more about Kate+Ryan's wedding on the SMP feature from last week!
Jaclyn+Joe's wedding was one of those where you show up and everything is just magical. Yes, the decor, dress, and everything else was absolute perfection, but it's the bride and groom that made this wedding what it was. These two are so loved and as the night went on it only became more apparent why. Jaclyn+Joe has such genuine, loving hearts toward those they care about. They are the real deal, you guys. So blessed to be a part of this seriously stunning day.
Make sure you check out the insanely amazing video at the bottom of this post done by the beyond talented Ryan Geldermann.
This couple and this wedding makes me so happy. Jessie+Tommy's heart for their wedding was to create an environment that encouraged community, and they beyond succeeded. Set in a friend's backyard, their wedding was absolutely stunning, filled with amazing, warm details. Their community-style ceremony and reception seating was absolutely perfect and allowed people to mingle, chat, and be a family. I could shoot this wedding a million times over and never tire of it.
To read more details from the bride, check out the feature on 100 Layer Cake.
Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Private Residence in Austin, TX / Event Coordinator & Rentals: Head & Hands Design / Florist: Bricolage Curated Florals / Hair: Robin Primeau / Makeup: The bridesmaids / Invitation designer: Katie Allcorn /Cake: Groom’s Mother / Catering: 2 Kings / Ceremony Musician: Emily Wolfe / Chair & Table Rentals: Premiere Events / Bride’s Dress: WToo Brides by Watters from Serendipity Bridal / Shoes: Farylrobin / Veil: Unbridaled / Engagement Ring: Hoover’s Jewelry (Groom’s Design) / Wedding Bands: Bride’s Mother & Grandmother / Necklace: Custom by Moulton / Earrings: Bride’s Grandmother’s / Garter: From bride’s grandmother’s dress + mother’s suit / Bride’s Lipstick: MAC Hug Me / Groom’s Fashion: Bonobos / Shoes: Sebago / Groom’s Wedding Band: Custom by Moulton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groomsmen Shirts:Nordstrom / Groomsmen Pants: Bonobos
I love, adore, and admire Alex+Drew. From the moment I met them over Skype, to their super fun engagement session, all the way to their wedding day, I have fallen head over heels for this sweet, hilarious couple. Their elegant, Houston wedding was such a joy to be a part of. I loved meeting their sweet families and watching as they celebrated with the people that love them the most. Their day was full of nothing but laughter and joy...as every wedding day should be.
great photos start with great lighting, and a great timeline is centered around that.
Wedding timelines can be so stinking hard to figure out (can I get an amen?!), and with all the other wedding planning details there are to take care of, the timeline usually gets pushed to the side until the last minute. However, a timeline is potentially one of the most important parts of your wedding day. I tell every one of my clients that great photos start with great lighting, and a great timeline is centered around that. I love meeting with my brides about a month before their wedding to 1. be all girlie about the wedding day 2. go over the events of their wedding and 3. make sure the proper amount of time is allotted for images and that the most important images are taken in the best possible lighting.
After we have taken a moment to squeal about the fact that their wedding is only a month away and chat about how the wedding planning is going, here are a few things we discuss about planning a proper timeline:
Sunset Time. We start by figuring out when the sun sets. Usually the 2 hours leading up to the sun set has the very best light of the day. The closer it gets to sunset, the better the light becomes. It’s warm, soft, and filters through the trees — it’s dreamy. Figuring out the sunset time will help in knowing when to schedule events in order to have the best light for the ceremony (if it’s outdoors) and for the portraits that will come afterwards.
SIDE NOTE: I usually discuss suggested ceremony time right after a couple books me so they can have that information for their invitations, etc.
Portraits. Wedding day portraits are more than just snapping a few quick photos before and/or after the ceremony. These images are the ones that my couples will hang in their house, send to family members, and cherish the rest of their lives. Because of this, it is so important to make sure there is plenty of time allowed after the ceremony (or before if there is a first look) to get wonderful images. I like to think of these images as a way for the bride and groom to get away from it all, enjoy one another, and celebrate before they get swept away in their big day. Between pre-ceremony portraits and post-ceremony portraits, I usually spend about 90 minutes total capturing them.
Details. Another thing to keep in mind is time for detail shots. I know that some of you may be thinking “but who really cares about those?” and I’m here to tell you that they matter a ton. Aside from remembering all those fun details of the big day, I could go into a slew of other reasons why these are important to capture—including the fact that they do wonders for a wedding album. To properly document these details (bridal details, groom details, ceremony details, invitation suite, reception details, etc), it usually takes about an hour.
Exit. Once we have figured out how many hours we will be spending getting details, portraits, ceremony, etc., my couples and I decide whether or not they want me there for their grand exit. I sometimes suggest that couples do an exit out of the ceremony in order to spend their time on areas that are more important to them.
After we have discussed all these elements of the wedding day, we can properly form a timeline that meets the bride’s needs and makes sure that her images will turn out beautifully.
Above all, the main thing to take away from this is to consult with your photographer. Not only will your photographer love you for it-- whether it's me or someone else--they will have great insight on how to make your wedding day what you have always dreamed of.
I am so excited to finally share some of my favorites for a "Spring Princess" shoot we did a few months back. I was honored to have this session featured on Magnolia Rouge earlier this week.
The inspiration for the session started with a love for all things Spring. Nothing says Spring like bright colors and lots (I mean LOTS) of flowers. The florist (Bristol Lane Florals) and I knew that we wanted an environment that would be fresh and clean and allow for some great splashes of color throughout. From the bold colors of the centerpiece against the white draped table cloth, to the floral hoops on the white wall and the amazing, fuchsia floral shawl against the white dress, this session turned out better than we could have imagined. Oh and let’s not forget the amazing floral hat that is the reason why we have come to call this the “Spring Princess” session. With simple yet elegant paper products by Magnolia Tree Paperie, gorgeous hair and makeup by Makenzi Laine, and styling by Jill Watson, the session was flawless. The wedding venue, Mercury Hall, was a perfect fit for our fresh, clean feel with it’s white walls and simple atmosphere. I also chose to photograph all this gorgeousness on film in hopes of capturing it’s true beauty in a way that only film can. When I look through these images, I can’t help but be inspired by the amazing floral creations, the bright colors, and the beautiful elegance of it all.
Camera: Mamiya645 and Canon EOS 1N
Film: Fuji400h and Superia 1600
What started off as a rainy day ended up being absolutely perfect for Laura+Graham's outdoor wedding in the courtyard of the Texas Women's Federation Club Mansion. I absolutely love everything about this couple. Laura is potentially one of the sweetest women I have ever encountered, and Graham just absolutely adores his beautiful bride.
It was such an honor to be a part of this day and to witness these two tie the knot. Laura+Graham, y'all are seriously the best!
Katie+Adam's wedding took place at one of my all time favorite venues. Cedar Bend Events is hidden back in the Lost Pines which makes it an incredibly beautiful and intimate venue. It's like a fairytale out there! Katie+Adam added some Jewish traditions to their ceremony including a chuppah and the groom breaking glass with his foot.
This couple is one of the sweetest, most genuine couples I've ever worked with. I love the sweetness that Katie+Adam have with one another and the smiles they get on their faces when they see one another.
Their wedding day could not have been more perfect!
Kayla+Ryan's wedding was DREAM. With colors of lavender, creams, pretty pinks, and greens and placed in the amazing atmosphere of Le San Michele, it was a breath-taking day. Not to mention the absolutely stunning, gorgeous florals by Bristol Lane Florals (let's please talk about that floral arch!!). We were all praying for no rain that day, and praise Jesus, it held off for the lovely ceremony and the duration of the wedding day. Westcott Weddings is to thank for making everything happen smoothly and for making sure everything looked absolutely perfect. I was so honored to have this wedding featured on Ruffled last week, and it would not have been possible without all the amazing vendors involved!
Kayla+Ryan wrote their own vows for their wedding and they are such a true image of what weddings are supposed to be about. Their love for Jesus and one another is one to admire an look toward. I'm so thankful for their hearts and the intentionality they put behind their wedding day.
Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post to get a glimpse into their beautiful day! The amazing Stringer Productions did an amazing job capturing it all!
Second Shooter: Jen Dillender / Wedding Coordinator: Westcott Weddings / Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals / Venue: Le San Michele / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani “Elim” via Blush Bridal Lounge / Seamstress: Olga Novosselova / Veil: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Aubrey” / Wedding Belt: Thomas Knoell / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Laura Needham/ Makeup: Kirsten Nielsen / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love Lane Collection “Ella” / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang / Caterer: Whole Foods Market / Wedding Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery / DJ: Byrne Rock Mobile DJ Service / Table Numbers, Escort Card Sign, Frame, Cards: Bride / Succulents: East Austin Succulents / Seed Bomb Favor Supplies: Plantables and Paper and Design Kandy / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Laine Coker, Painted by bride and groom / Videographer: Stringer Productions
Estevan+Rachel got married on the most perfect day. With a cool breeze and the sunshine on our shoulders, and fields full of wild flowers, there really was not a more perfect day. Their wedding took place in Cat Springs, Texas which is such a charming little town on the way to Houston. My second shooter and I even enjoyed their "Friday Fish Fry" at a local restaurant the day before the wedding.
Rachel had known what she wanted her wedding to be like since she was a little girl, and in my opinion, it turned out to be such a lovely day!
Let me start off by saying that I completely fell in love with this couple. The love that these two share is so sweet, and the joy they have when together is crazy contagious. The community that they have around them is one that everyone wishes to have: one full of love, laughter, support, and lots of silliness. It was such an honor for me to witness these two tie the knot and be a part of this joyful celebration. My second shooter, Shalyn, and I probably looked at each other and said "I just love them!" about a thousand times throughout the night. It was such a true joy to celebrate with these two!
Jonathan+Rebecca, you guys are radiant. I can't tell you how much I loved being a part of your big day and seeing you become man and wife. Y'all are going to do amazing things together, and I'm so excited to see your adventures unfold! Love y'all!
Location: Pecan Springs, Katy