Arden Hills Wedding

Arden Hills Wedding | Josh + Malia | Sneak Peek

Josh and Malia are amazing.  Although they’ve known each other since high school, they didn’t begin dating until much later.  Today, they are the best of friends and at such ease with each other that their engagement session is still what I consider my best work ever.  That being said, we did take photos for an entire eight hour day while exploring San Francisco together!  They are so close, such good friends and know each other so well that they essentially bought each other the SAME wedding day gift.  I can’t wait to share their photos from their first look during which they opened their presents back to back while laughing because they were essentially the same.

Both of them hail from fairly large, extremely loving families.  Not only are the loving, but they are open, gracious and extremely close.  I was overwhelmed by how much fun these families had together at their wedding and the amount of love shared during the toasts.  I’ll share more from this gorgeous winter Arden Hills wedding, but until then, here’s a few frames to hold you over.

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Trois Estate Wedding

An Enchanted Rock Trois Estate Wedding | Aaron + Ellen

Nestled in the shrubs and mesquite trees of central Texas, just past the vast pink granite domes that make up Enchanted Rock State Park is a bed and breakfast that is EVERYTHING a traveler looking for a quite respite wants in their bed and breakfast.  The Trois Estate is quiet and picturesque; it’s an eclectic mix of quaint Southwest, comfort, and the downright bizarre, all the while surrounded by the expansive beauty that this part of the Texas hill country has to offer.  The estate’s cathedral is a sight to be seen, with an antique fireplace and wooden pews underground, but what’s really interesting is the attached hidden heated grotto, perfect for a midnight skinny-dip.  You didn’t get that idea from me!

The resort offers an intimate, relaxing experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas and I can’t imagine a more perfect place for Aaron and Ellen to wed at.  Aaron has been a prolific climber for as long as I’ve known him (which is a long time) and Ellen is a climbing convert and an avid trail runner.  They were seeking an cozy private venue for a small wedding and the Trois Estate was the perfect location.  Most of the guests were able to stay on-site (we had the run of the place).  The ceremony was held in an enclosed tree-filled outdoor patio, a cocktail hour on an upper outdoor deck overlooking the landscape as the sun set and the dinner in a private interior dining room filled with large overbearing furniture filled with Texas charm.  It was a dream venue to photograph at as well and my only regret is that I had such a busy weekend (three weddings in Texas in three days!) that I wasn’t able to sincerely enjoy the awesome that this quiet location and landscape had to provide.

The wedding was simple and absolutely reflective of Aaron and Ellen and their personalities.  It was attended by immediate family and the closest of friends only and followed up with an amazing multi-course BBQ meal from Chef Jay and his incredible staff at Chef Jay Events.   I can imagine a more beautiful, touching and poignant way to celebrate the love of two people I hold dear and I’m honored to have been able to photograph their day.

Here’s a few of my favorite frames from their Trois Estate wedding.

Venue: Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock | Officiant: Rob Lohmeyer | Catering: Chef Jay Events | Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud | Hair and Make-Up: Brandy Pate of Jay and Co | Rentals: Whim Rentals

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Kelley + Neal

Oh man.

THIS.

I’ve wanted to share this forever!

What’s better than a romp around one of our favorite cities, while eating oysters, drinking wine, and dancing in the streets?

Kelley is best friends with one of my closest friends and I’ve known her for quite some time.  I must say, it was an absolutely HUGE honor to be asked to be their wedding photographer.  I am so excited to travel to Wimberly, TX this spring to photographer her marraige to Neal, who is one cool cat.  When they first approached me about it, I suggested a rendezvous in a city that we all love for a destination engagement session, which they were on board with.  San Francisco was eventually chosen and we all met up for one awesome weekend of fun!

We hit all the best spots for this session: Brenda’s Soul Kitchen, the super rad Phoenix Hotel,  the top of California St for some views of the city, China Town and Little Italy, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and ultimately, The Page, the bar at which they first exchanged vows of love with each other.

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Empire Mines Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer | Recent Published Work

Holy wedding season Batman!

The fall is wrapping up and I have to admit: I’ve been swamped.  September and October were my busiest months.  Thank you SO MUCH to my amazing patient clients who have all been waiting on their images.  What an incredible year I’ve had so far!  I’ve photographed 36 weddings so far this year and 14 of those were in the last two months.  In the meatime, somethings have fallen to the wayside, like my normally proflific daily blogging and sharing of published work.  Here’s a few things I’ve missed in the last two months while I’ve been so slammed!

EVER OURS

Mo and Adam and their kick ass Celio Ranch wedding in South Lake Tahoe was snapped up by the amazing Lydia over at Ever Ours.  I’m so sad that the end of the year will also mark the end of Ever Ours, a wonderful wedding blog that celebrates photography and moments over details.  If you know about another wedding blog as awesome as hers that can fill those (very large) shoes, please let me know!

Tahoe Ranch Wedding published at Ever Ours

Borrowed & Blue San Antonio

Borrowed & Blue has been one of my favorite wedding blogs for quite some time.  They never complain that there’s not enough details for one, but they also seperate their blog into US cities.  When they opened up a San Antonio version of their well known site, I was quick to send over Jimmy and Karlie’s 2014 destination wedding to them.  It went up a few weeks back and it’s so fun to relive their awesome day.  Jimmy and Karlie just welcomed all 8lbs 2oz of Natalie, the newest addition to their family last week.

San Antonio Wedding published at Borrowed & Blue

The Daily Dog Tag

The Daily Dog Tag is an awesome little blog that I recently discovered that focuses on professional photography that involves dogs, adoptable pets around the country, and artful and unique products.  They published the first in a series of sessions with Schnoll Family and are excited to post follow-ups with the newest member of their family, Jack.  I just recently photographed Jack’s 6 month session, so you can imagine how long ago this one was!  Regardless, big thanks to the Daily Dog Tag for the family photography internet love.

Published work from Lauren Lindley at the Daily Dog Tag

Love and Lavender

I’ve wanted to get a feature on Love and Lavender for ages, but I’ve never had anything quite romantic or whimsical enough for this wonderful wedding blog that focuses on inspiring, magical and rustic outdoor weddings.  I knew that David and Emily’s Empire Mine State Park wedding was the perfect fit for them and it was published last week on their site.

Lauren Lindley Photography published at Love and Lavender

Thumbtack

I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with clients I’ve discovered on Thumbtack.  Not only did Thumbtack take me to visit the White House in Washington DC last January (something I’ve yet to blog about also), but I managed to grow my business and turn it into a full time position for me in very few years thanks to them.  I used to mentor photographers new to the Thumbtack platform, but gave it up when they changed the program and I was no longer helping just other photogs.  Helping other photographers is incredibly rewarding: frankly I wouldn’t be where I am today without a lot of help from a lot of other people.  Thumbtack asked to interview me a few weeks ago after catching site of a blog I wrote about how to be successful on Thumbtack for photographers and I readily agreed.  You can see the full post via this link.

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White Sparrow Barn Wedding

A White Sparrow Barn Wedding | Teddy + Janet | Sneak Peek

I’ve been looking forward to Teddy and Janet’s wedding ever since they traveled to Tahoe last summer to visit and take engagement photos with me.  They picked an amazing, fairly new venue, an unbelievably fantastic rustic barn in Quinlin, TX, just outside DFW, for their White Sparrow Barn wedding.  They really wanted a big boisterous epic party and I knew they could bring just what they desired to their evening.  I have to admit, I was woefully underprepared for what was to come at Teddy and Janet’s wedding day and to be honest, I think they were as unprepared as I was!  Teddy’s family is large and hails from Liberia, Africa and even Teddy wasn’t sure how many of them were going to be in attendance.  Over 200 wedding guests later, half of which were clad in beautiful and bright traditional African wedding attire, I came away with some amazing photos and a strong need to drink a beer.   That being said, what seemed chaotic and disorganized while I was standing in the middle of it, went off in a wonderfully planned day that went exactly as it should have and insanely delicious food, all prepared by Teddy’s mother and her church group.  The end result is going to be some wildly colorful wedding photos for this adventurous loving couple, but since I’m buried under editing, they probably won’t be ready until Thanksgiving week.  Until then, here’s a few more than I normally share to hold you over.

Oh, and I almost forgot the best part: there should be no age limit to being a flower girl.  Grandmothers as flower girls may just be the best thing ever.

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Denton Texas Wedding

Little Chapel in the Woods | Denton | Rachel + Mark | Sneak Peek

Because dinosaurs.

I knew Rachel and Mark were my people because dinosaurs.

“We’re supposed to have a wedding theme,” Rachel told Mark after researching wedding planning on wedding blogs.  “A theme?” Mark was confused.  “Like dinosaurs?”

And so it began.

And so their wedding was dinosaur themed.

And so I love them.

Also, we went museuming when I met them in Dallas and eat Tex-Mex.

Rachel and Mark were wed at a small intimate ceremony at the Little Chapel in the Woods at TWU in Denton, TX and I can’t wait to share more photos from their awesome evening.

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Downtown Dallas engagement photos

Downtown Dallas Engagement Session | Mel + Michael

My cousin Melanie and her fiance Michael met and both graduated from Texas A&M University, where she recently graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences (we are all very proud of her).  They now reside in Dallas, TX and I was super excited to drag the two of them all over the city for their downtown Dallas engagement session!  We started out at the super rad Texas Truckyard, partly because I believe that every engagement session should start with adult beverages, but also because the location looks bright, vibrant and full of awesome textures to photograph against!  With an airstream bar and eat-in truck beds, this place was the perfect starting location.  It had plenty of shade to shoot in the Texas afternoon sun and a great selection of Texas craft beer.

After that we headed over to White Rock Lake to photograph at The Filter Building, where they will be holding their rehearsal dinner.  After that, we headed to the Fountain Place building, an iconic downtown Dallas structure awash with dancing water gardens.  This building is significant to Michael because his father works there.  It was the weekend, so the fountains weren’t splashing, but it still provided a memorable and stunningly beautiful location to photograph.  Next stop was Klyde Warren Park, which offers lush green urban park with a skyline backdrop.  Are you tired yet?  We were, so we hit up one of my favorite Dallas Tex-Mex spots, Meso Maya, for dinner and margaritas before finishing up on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for a nighttime Dallas skyline portrait.

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Empire Mines Wedding

Empire Mine Wedding | Emily + Dave

I spent six years as a camp counselor in college at an all girls non-denominational summer camp called Camp Mystic, that sought to enrich the lives of young girls by helping them become better people, giving them the space to allow themselves to grow as young adults and let camp bring out the best in them, and develop spiritually, however that may be.  Every year on one special day, we told the story of the Warm Fuzzies, about two people who lived in a land where everyone was happy because they were always sharing, giving and recieving these little balls of fluff called, of course, “warm fuzzies.”  Since Warm Fuzzies were “always given freely, getting enough of them was never a problem. There were always plenty to go around, and so everyone was happy and felt warm and fuzzy most of the time.”  The story goes on and there’s some melodrama and sadness to overcome, as all good stories have, but in the end, we’d give all the campers a whole bunch of warm fuzzies and they would spend the rest of the term handing them out to people, bringing unbridled joy and happiness to all of the land.

Where am I going with this in a wedding blog post?

I’ll tell you:

Emily is a Warm Fuzzy.

She is the warmest of warm fuzzies.  The minute you meet her, she envelops you with these large, gracious, giving eyes and she brings you in and makes you feel loved and welcome and fabulous.  Dave is hardly any different: grinning, congenial, extremely smart, and with a snarky fun wit that makes Em light up.  You can see it in their wedding photos: it was seriously difficult to get a photo of Em not laughing.

Their Empire Mine Wedding at Empire Mine State Park in Nevada City, outside of Grass Valley, CA was stunningly beautiful.  It looks like fairy land: everything was green, awash in golden sunlight and etheral.  I am so over the moon for this venue that I cannot wait to return to it.  Just a word of warning: if you hire me to be your wedding photographer, person reading this, then you best put an hour of portraits on your schedule beause I could take portraits there for DAYS and not exhaust all the awesome out of it.  It’s GORGEOUS.

But, back to Em and Dave.

These two people are so rad, so loving, and so secure in themselves, their faith and their friendships that they are nothing short of inspirational.  They are giving and gorgeous and I know that only extreme happiness is coming their way because they ask for nothing in return but laughter and smiles.  They deserve every bit of their joy and I feel extremely lucky to have met a real life warm fuzzy and better yet, to have photographed her wedding.

Ceremony Venue: Empire Mine State Park | Ceremony DJ: Sac City DJ | Flowers: Sweet Roots Farm | Reception Venue: The Powell House | Caterer: Farm to Table | Rentals: SRC Rentals | Decor: Roots Reclaimed | Bride Hair: Analise Joy Haines | Bride’s Dress: Dreamnette Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic

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Little Italy Engagement Photos

San Francisco Engagement Photos | Kelley + Neal | Sneak Peek

Kelley is my best mate’s other best mate.

I was absolutely overjoyed when she decided she wanted me to be her wedding photographer.  I was jumping up and down on my bed (figuratively, not literally) when she said she wanted to rendevous in San Francisco for her engagement session.  It was an absolute blast and it was a trip made even better when our best mate Haley and her husband Dave traveled up from LA to join us.  I can’t wait to share all the awesome photos we took on our day in the city from Brenda’s Soul Food for breakfast, to city scapes at every view point we found, to oysters at the Ferry Building to Coit Tower.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from our awesome weekend together.

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Culver City Portrait Session

Culver City Engagement Session | Published at Ever Ours

This one time, Lydia over at Ever Ours published one of my engagement sessions and I waxed and waned about how honored I was to be part of her amazing photographic community.  She celebrates real love, great photographers and amazing photos and I’m overjoyed to be featured on her blog for the 2nd time, with this gorgeous Culver City engagement session for Andy and Sarah.

You can also follow Ever Ours on Tumblr, Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

You can see the entire feature over at Ever Ours via this link.

Culver City Engagement Session