Posts in Weddings
Kaden + Averye | Glamorous Industrial Wedding at Kitalou Gin in Lubbock, Texas

To say that I was excited about Kaden and Averye’s wedding would be an understatement. For one thing, the two of them are absolutely adorable. They are high school sweethearts and they knew they would one day get married. After several years, they committed their lives to one another in front of 400 of their closest family and friends. They are loved by a lot of people and it’s not surprising. 

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Seth + Jayla | Traditional and Elegant Wedding at St. Mary's Cathedral in Amarillo

Seth and Jayla are really the loveliest, sweetest people and I feel lucky that they chose me to take their wedding photos. And not only are they sweet, but their family and friends are spectacular. They had some of the nicest bridesmaids and groomsmen that I’ve encountered in the many weddings that I’ve photographed. It’s no wonder they invited over 400 people to their wedding! They are loved by many.

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Tony + Lizzie | Sunrise Wedding in Palo Duro Canyon

I love that Tony and Lizzie kept their wedding day simple, sweet, and all about the most important thing: getting married. I love photographing weddings and all of the lovely little details but sometimes I think my industry has done a disservice to brides and grooms. There’s so much pressure for perfection and for everything to be over the top. I like it when a couple chooses to do what THEY want to do...not what Pinterest and all of social media tell them to do. Whether that means a big wedding or a small elopement, those are the best days.

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Jayla | Romantic Bridal Photos in Amarillo, Texas

I’m such a sucker for walls of green ivy, rose gardens, Tudor houses, and sweet brides. Jayla’s bridal photos at this house in Amarillo, Texas had all of this wrapped up into one beautiful package. I kept telling Jayla that this place was a playground for me and I had to rein myself back from shooting for hours upon hours (because I definitely could). It came to me at a time when I felt like I was in a rut, creatively speaking, and both Jayla and this place refreshed my creative spirit and breathed new life into me.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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