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Lauren+Joe at The Rock House Barton Creek Resort

Lauren&JoeLauren is our guest blogger/bride today and what a truly gorgeous wedding she and Joe had.  Rich in details would be an understatement, It was obvious that Lauren paid special attention to all the little details of the day and the results were spectacular - a real treat for your favorite wedding photographer!  The Rock House itself was amazing; I actually had no idea it even existed, all the weddings we’ve done previously at Barton Creek were at the main resort.

From Lauren:

I couldn't have asked a more amazing wedding; my mom and dad orchestrated an incredible wedding at the “The Rock House” which is an authentic Texas, limestone house on a gorgeous lawn on the edge of the sparkling Barton Creek at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, TX which sits majestically high in the spectacular Texas Hill Country. For style, my inspiration was “Bohemian-chic” but not overdone. The wedding ceremony and reception were all outdoors, so the weather had to be (and was!) perfect. The Bohemian theme was reinforced with burlap and wild flowers and the Chic theme was accented by a crystal chandelier hung, outdoors, over the wedding party table amidst sparkling Tivoli lights with a nearby seating set featuring rich, blue velvet, Queen Anne sofas and chairs nestled atop a bed of perfect green lawn. Ottomans? Of course they were faux cowhide; what else would they be?

Most of all we wanted it to be carefree and fun, and the setting with all of its seeming contradictions, proved to be just the perfect venue for “our party”!

I couldn't have asked for anything more, as it was the most beautiful scene I’ve ever witnessed and I was so happy to see everyone. We loved savoring our dinner and talking with everyone. Joey and I were so happy and he makes me feel like me, I love him so much and can’t believe we're married!



Erin+David at the Disch

engagement session at Disch-Falk FieldI recently had the privilege to shoot at Disch-Falk Field, it was a really fun and different engagement session! Disch-Falk Field is home to the University of Texas baseball team.  Our groom-to-be, David, played on the 2005 National Championship team so he was able to get us access to this awesome venue.  Both Erin and David were great sports (no pun intended!) and a lot of fun.  We tried out all sorts of baseball-related ideas that made sense for an engagement session… and few that didn’t!  I think on my favorites was having David play third base (his position when played on the team) and then having Erin try and steal from 2nd to 3rd.  Her expression is priceless as she’s taking off from second!  I wonder if she could that in her wedding dress?  :)  




Jen+Bert at Camp Lucy

jenbertCamp Lucy has always been one of my more favorite venues to shoot weddings.  The grounds are always immaculate and the architecture is incredible…all of it!  So I was really excited when Jen contacted me and even more excited after I met with her and Bert.  A really, really fun couple with a great story to match.  I asked Jen if she would share and she was more than happy to.  Here’s what she sent me:

Bert and I met a little over 2 years ago at the insistence of our mothers. I had recently moved back to Austin after living in Virginia for over 10 years. My mom kept insisting I needed friends and thought Bert had a lot of friends I could meet. We finally agreed to meet up for a movie. I found out then that Bert's mom had also been fairly insistent that we hang out. We both heard numerous times how many things we had in common and how they thought we would get along. We realized almost immediately that our moms were right.

We became great friends and started dating over a year after we met. Transitioning from friends to dating was seamless and we decided fairly quickly that we wanted to get married and spend our lives together. Bert proposed on April 7th at Long Center Park; a place we had gone a few times to chat and spend time together. Of course, I said yes! And then began the fun of wedding planning.

We initially wanted a late fall wedding. Austin weather that time of year is lovely. We thought we could have an outside, black and white wedding. But due to babies being born and family moving overseas, we discovered we would have to have a wedding much sooner for some to attend. We settled on August 9th; a time when no one wants to get married in Austin because the weather is HOT and asking people to wear black is mean. Instead of an outside wedding, we chose to do as much as possible indoors, or at least shaded with fans. We settled on navy and gray for our colors as a summer compromise to black and white.

After choosing a date and a venue, one of the first things we wanted to find was a photographer. I knew having a good photographer was important. I wanted a photographer who would capture our day as we wanted to remember it. I looked through tons of photographer's portfolios. Mike's photos immediately stood out to me. They were vibrant, colorful and captured emotions and the day so well. I continued to look through portfolios but always came back to Mike's work. Fortunately, Mike was available on our day and we booked him for our wedding and an engagement shoot.

Mike turned out to be one of our favorite vendors. Not only are his pictures amazing, he is very flexible and easy to work with. We delayed our engagement shoot for over a month due to the weather. We would touch base with him the day before we were scheduled to shoot to see if the weather forecast looked ideal. We expected that eventually he would want to shoot regardless of the weather but that never turned out to be true. He was happy to play it by ear as long as we needed. On our wedding day, he and his assistant, Jessica, were great with all our wedding party, family and guests, including our 3 toddler flower girls (commented from the moms themselves!). They were a pleasure to work with and captured so many wonderful shots.

Planning a wedding in 4 months is not what we initially wanted… and not something we would recommend. Bert and I planned our wedding almost completely on our own. It involved lots of stress, exhaustion, decisions and daily to-do lists. But, we are so glad everything turned out the way it did! It was awesome to be at our wedding and see all the little details we had labored over come together. We loved every piece of it and are so thankful we have these amazing photos to remind us of that special day. Thanks again to Mike and Jessica for capturing the many moments we want to remember and the ones we missed so we can relive them for a lifetime.


Brett+Nick’s St. Mary’s/Barr Mansion Wedding

brett.nickGorgeous wedding to share and guest blogger today!  Our amazing bride Brett was super generous to share here wedding planning experience with us. From Brett:

After months of flipping through wedding magazines, reading wedding blogs and pinning uncontrollably to my “Wedding Day” Pinterest board, Nick and I celebrated the best day of our lives on August 15, 2015, with all of our closest family and friends by our side.

I couldn’t count the number of times people told me not to stress about the details because it would fly by so fast that I wouldn’t even remember what happens. However, they were all wrong. While it was a crazy whirlwind and did go by faster than I could have possibly imagined, it’s a day that I will never forget – from the stained glass windows in the church, the lanterns lighting the pathway to the reception, the “Grab a drink” chalkboard sign sitting on the bar, the calligraphy that tied the invitations to the name cards, the blueberry-lavender macaroons, to the smell of the lavender that was mixed in with rose pedals tossed at us on our way out – I’ll never forget those tiny details that I obsessed over for months, which were the same details that made my heart smile throughout the entire night.

A romantic, summery and bright wedding full of life, was my dream. I’ve always been a girl who leans towards the pinks, oranges and yellows on a color palette so that’s exactly what I went for to be true to myself. Loose floral arrangements and a mix of antique silver and gold candles were mixed throughout the reception, and with a dreamy venue like Barr Mansion, it was important to highlight the greenery and garden aspect of the environment. I’ll be honest, I love some sparkle, and my bridesmaid dresses from BHLDN provided the perfect shimmer to complement Nick and the groomsmen’s navy tuxedos. My four-tier cake was made up of alternating textures and bright flowers to balance each other out and looked as creamy and scrumptious from the outside as it tasted on the inside. As I put all of these pieces together, I found some pretty incredible people to help out:

Mike Reed Photo was absolutely the best. After Mike made me feel so at ease during my bridal portraits, I knew he’d be the calming force on my wedding day. Sure enough, he had everything under control and made me breathe when emotions were running high. He told me exactly where to put my hands, where to look, to smile or not to smile as I told him over and over how uncomfortable I am in front of the camera. Yet somehow, he made me forget about my uneasiness.

My floral designs by STEMS were whimsical and romantic. They listened to all of my opinions and sat down with me to pick out every single stem that would go in my arrangements and bouquets. I’ll never forget looking around the reception and seeing all of my favorite flowers and colors fill up the room. They also created the chalkboard signage to bring a cozy and inviting feel to the evening.

Lola Beauty did hair and makeup for my bridal portraits, rehearsal look, day of look and bridesmaids/mother of the bride. Lauren from Lola Beauty absolutely nailed the romantic look I was hoping for and happily responded to all of my “look idea” emails without ever seeming annoyed, and she even agreed to a last minute hair trial to calm my nerves just four days before the big day!

My invitations from Bella Figura were the perfect mix of traditional and modern I was looking for, and to top it off, Jen with Feather and Ink matched the outer and inner envelope calligraphy to the invitation design I had selected. She also knocked out 20 name cards in the same calligraphy style just one week before!

London Calling played all of Nick and I’s favorite songs throughout the night – from classics like “At Last” by Etta James to our finale of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, they did an amazing job of engaging the crowd the entire night for a super fun dance party.

Last but not least, Barr Mansion was the venue Nick and I knew we wanted to get married at before we were even engaged, and it was a wonderful experience to work with them in planning our event. We received countless comments on their beautiful venue and out-of-this-world food! It truly is one of the most serene venues in Austin.

My advice to any bride-to-be would be to enjoy the planning process even though it can be overwhelming at times. Hire people that you feel comfortable around and love their work. Stick to your guns and don’t be swayed by other’s opinions or the latest-and-greatest posts on Pinterest. Eat your wedding dinner. I kept hearing over and over how other couples didn’t get to eat any food at their wedding and I was determined NOT to be one of those brides. I was going to eat the food and cake that I had carefully picked out for my guests and I’m so glad that I did!

Last but not least, one of my bridesmaids gave me some words of wisdom before we left the hotel room, which is the best advice I could pass on. She told me things were about to get crazy and to take “mental snapshots” at certain points of the night, which will be the memories that stick with you forever.

Photography: Mike Reed Photo | Hair and Makeup: Lola Beauty | Floral Designs: STEMS Floral Design| Signage: STEMS Productions | Invitations: Bella Figura through Paper Place | Calligraphy: Feather and Ink | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Mike’s Formal Wear | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Cathedral  | Reception Venue: Barr Mansion | Food and Cake: Barr Mansion | Alcohol: Spec’s | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN | Wedding Dress & Veil: Celebrations Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo



Cansas+Sean and a little golden sunlight

People talk about their wedding day as being utterly surreal and flying by in a flash; we now understand how true this is. We did our best to soak up every beautiful moment, from the time we woke up and spent the morning getting ready and having our teary-eyed first look, to hitting up the dance floor at the reception followed by our amazing late night donuts