Erica + Matt | Palo Duro Canyon Wedding

I looooove Palo Duro Canyon and the only thing better than regular photo sessions there is weddings in the canyon! Erica and Matt came all the way from East Texas for their destination wedding on the most gorgeous September day. One of the sweetest parts of their day was when Kelsey, Erica’s daughter danced with her new stepdad. It was super sweet to see not only a marriage form, but also a family.

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Kirkland Family | Palo Duro Canyon Fall Family Photos

I love sweet young families! The Kirkland’s mainly booked this photo session for their youngest, Arabella, to get some photos to celebrate her first year of life but of course, I took photos of the whole family. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how some personality traits are so ingrained in us and how they become apparent from a very early age. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here but I think I was able to capture the personalities of the Kirklands’ kids. Arabella was sweet, a little shy at first, Caleb was the entertainer of the group, and oldest Abigail was patient and confident. I hope I gave this sweet family good memories to look back on and remember this time of their lives.

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Kelsey | Palo Duro Canyon Bridal Session

When Kelsey told me that she wanted to take her bridals in Palo Duro Canyon, I told her that she was brave! But I was excited because despite the dirtiness that can sometimes come with the canyon, it is oh-so-beautiful for bridal pictures. Kelsey sure can rock those fierce, serious looks and she has a beautiful smile. Talk about a win-win :) I so enjoyed her bridal session, even when, in typical Texas Panhandle fashion, a dirt storm came in and cut it short. But of course I took advantage of that moment to give Kelsey some really unique photos.

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A-Young + Tony | Palo Duro Canyon Engagement Photos

These two came all the way from South Korea to take pictures with me! Just kidding. Tony is here doing his postdoctoral research in Amarillo and he brought along his lovely fiance. They will be getting married this December back home in South Korea and though I sadly don't get to photograph it, I loved taking their engagement photos in Palo Duro Canyon. I asked them what the landscape in South Korea is like and they told me it is mainly trees and mountains. Our little corner of Texas is drastically different from that so I told them their engagement photos are going to look like they were taken on Mars. I loved getting to meet these two and I wish them nothing but happiness!

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Wiebe Family | Late Summer Family Photos in Amarillo

This family session has been a long time coming. We were supposed to do the session last November and unfortunately Michael was unable to come home - he is in the Marines. But finally, the stars aligned and I had time open when he was home visiting his family. These guys have a ton of fun together and while I'm sure they miss one another when they are apart, they certainly make the most of their time together <3

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Emily + Jeremy | Wedding at Panhandle Charm in Amarillo, Texas

Emily and Jeremy are a couple of those clients that have become friends to Mason and I (Mason was their wedding DJ and they actually found him before me). Throughout their whole wedding planning process with us, they were so gracious and so inviting. Their wedding did not feel like work to us - it felt like a fun party with friends. Jeremy even invited me to stay longer and I wish I could have! 

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Tara + Chris | Vow Renewal in Dumas, Texas

I love weddings, that's for sure. But there was something even more special to me about Tara and Chris's vow renewal ceremony. I had never photographed a vow renewal before but I was not prepared for the emotions. It felt even more important than a wedding. I'm not sure why but maybe it has something to do with the history, the shared life experiences, and the beautiful family that Tara and Chris have created together. I loved being there to document their recommitment to one another. 

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Melody + Cris | Destiny's Garden Wedding

Melody and Cris's wedding was honestly so peaceful and relaxing and that's not something I can often say about a wedding. It is the absolute best when a couple plans for plenty of time for photos because this allows them to relax and breathe rather than feel rushed before the ceremony. They even had time to exchange letters with one another and pray with their wedding party. 

Melody and Cris are so natural together and so at peace in each other's presence. Anyone can see that. I know that they are in for a lifetime of nothing but joy <3

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Kelli + Bradley | Elegant Country Wedding in Vega, Texas

One of the most beautiful parts of Kelli and Bradley's wedding day came right before the ceremony. The bride and groom had yet to see each other and they decided to pray not only with each other but also with their parents flanking them on the sides, holding their hands. It was a beautiful expression of the love and support that their parents have given them so far and will continue to give them throughout their married life. It was wonderful to know that Kelli and Bradley have such good examples of Godly marriages to look to.

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