Posts in Weddings
Alyssa + Dexter | Spring Wedding at Walnut Tree in Olton, Texas

Alyssa and Dexter’s wedding was the perfect start to the 2019 wedding season. It had beautiful spring weather, a sweet first look, elegant lace, vintage details, some spectacular reception dance moves, and a family band jam session after the send off! What more could I ask for?

Alyssa and Dexter are quite perfect together. He is quiet but you can tell he is so comfortable with her. They laugh, they kiss, and they seem to communicate without words.

Read More
Jake + Rebecca | Elopement at Texas Tech University

What a lovely pair <3

It had been a couple of years since I had taken pictures at Texas Tech University so I was so excited when Rebecca contacted me about shooting her elopement with Jake on campus in early May. They are both medical students and have been together for four years. I love that they chose to make their sweet, simple wedding ceremony all about their love together. It’s the best when a couple can relax on their wedding day. They simply showed up, took pictures, and started the rest of their lives together. It can be as easy as that.

Read More
Alyssa | Bridal Photos at Joseph A. Hill Memorial Chapel

Alyssa is married so I can finally share her bridals! Unbelievable story: this was not the dress she got married in. Her original dress (not this one) was butchered during alterations (the hem and sleeves were literally cut off!). Her dream dress was ruined so she had to pick a new one (this one). But between her bridals and her wedding her talented mom took over and fixed her original dress! She was able to walk down the aisle in her dream wedding dress to her dream guy. What a story to tell.

Read More
Carey + Heath | Elopement in Palo Duro Canyon

Oh, how I love a good elopement in Palo Duro Canyon!

Carey and Heath got married on Valentine’s Day. They started getting ready for their wedding ceremony at the Dove’s Rest Cabins on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon and then we all drove down to a secluded spot in separate vehicles because the couple had yet to see each other. Their daughter, Kimber, handed her dad the rings. Then Carey got out of their truck and as Heath faced away, she walked up and tapped him on the shoulder while he turned around and saw her for the first time in her wedding dress.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment
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.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment
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.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
WeddingsKayla SmithComment