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Planning for Stress-Free Family Photos on Your Wedding Day

Family portraits are such an important reminder of a wedding day but unfortunately, they can be one of the more stressful portions of the day. The last thing I want is for you to get the energy zapped out of you by family pictures (especially if bride and groom portraits are afterwards!). Here is my best advice for making sure family pictures go smoothly.

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Lisa + Nathan | Wedding at St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Sometimes I don’t meet my brides and grooms until the wedding day. In the case of Lisa and Nathan, I didn’t meet them until right after their ceremony! I have been dying to shoot a wedding at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Amarillo but unfortunately, they don’t allow much photography during ceremonies. Luckily Lisa and Nathan were up for taking pictures with their families after their intimate ceremony.

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Bethany + Tyler | Snowy Morning Winter Wedding at St. Mary's in Amarillo

I’ve said this before but I owe so much to Bethany. When I was first starting out in wedding photography about 4 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) she gave me a chance. She referred me to her friend who was about to get married. I shot that wedding and then a few more that Bethany referred me to. Then those weddings led to many more. I don’t know what caused Bethany to be such an evangelist for me but I will always be indebted to her for it.

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Maddison + Dan | Late Fall Wedding at Bar Z Winery

Maddison and Dan got married on her father’s birthday, who passed away two years ago. To say that the day was special and meaningful would be an understatement. It was clear that her father’s memory was very much present on her wedding day both in the date itself, but also in the way that one of his favorite shirts hung in the room where she put her wedding dress on. Instead of walking down the aisle alone, Maddison was flanked by four men that were influential in her life. They couldn’t replace her father but they could support her and give her away to her soon-to-be husband. She shared a father-daughter dance with each of them.

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Leah + Tristan | Elegant Wedding at St. Hyacinth in Amarillo

Man. This wedding.

This wedding gives me a lot of feelings, to say the least. I love how Leah put her wedding dress on in the living room of her childhood home. After which she pinned her dad’s boutonniere on and spent precious moments with her mom - those last few moments of her being their little girl, before they would give her away to Tristan. And after Tristan got ready he penned a letter to Leah, right before seeing her walk down the aisle.

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Amber + Stetson | Classic Wedding at The Venue in Amarillo, Texas

I have been wanting to shoot a wedding at The Venue in Amarillo since it opened last year and I finally had my opportunity with Amber and Stetson’s wedding this fall! This wedding was chock full of greenery, orchids, crisps whites, a dinosaur (see photos below), and happy tears - seriously, there were bets going to see how many times Amber would cry happily. I think it ended up somewhere around 21 times.

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Hannah + Ty | Colorful, Free-Spirited Wedding in Palo Duro Canyon

Ty and Hannah’s wedding was one for the books.

It was totally, 100%, completely different from any other wedding that I have photographed and that is a beautiful thing! It was refreshing, real, and so much fun.

Hannah and Ty came from Houston to get married in Palo Duro Canyon simply because they love it. They had tons of bridesmaids and groomsmen and family members come up to support them because they are very clearly loved and cherished by many. And I can see why. Both Hannah and Ty have something about themselves that attracts people to them like a magnet. They light up the room when they walk in and I noticed that right from the start.

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Jasmine + Chase | Three Falls Cove Wedding

I could shoot wedding after wedding at Three Falls Cove because it’s one of the few venues in our corner of Texas that has TREES! It’s almost like I’m in another world when I’m there. This wedding was special because Jasmine, the bride, works at the venue. I met her briefly when I shot a wedding there two years ago.

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Jessica + Scott | Wedding at Cain's Cove on Lake Nasworthy

I love when I get to travel to someplace new to take photos! Jessica and Scott got married outside of San Angelo, Texas on Lake Nasworthy. They made it through their beautiful ceremony without a drop of rain and then during pictures, it started pouring. But these two remained happy and thankful that they were able to simply get married. They are so sweet to each other. I loved documenting them become not only husband and wife, but also a family. One of the sweetest moments came near the end of the ceremony when their parents, friends, and kids surrounded them in prayer.

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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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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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